Abutilon megapotamicum (A. Spreng.) A. St.-Hil. & Naudin
Trailing Abutilon, Brazilian Bell Flower
Sida megapotamica (basionym)
Color: Red and yellow
Bloom Time: Summer and autumn
Abutilon megapotamicum is a deciduous or partially evergreen shrub up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. The leaves are ovate to shallowly three-lobed and up to 3.1 inches (8 cm) long. The bell-shaped flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs), yellow with a red base, with five petals and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 10b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Abutilon is not an especially difficult plant to grow. During warmer, dry winters, they are sometimes affected by spider mites, and they are known for leggy growth. To encourage bushy growth, prune the plant by 25 percent to 40 percent in the late winter, right when new growth is about to start. Also, throughout the summer, occasionally pinch off new growth to encourage healthy growth. When pruning, make sure to stagger your cuts and remove some large branches to open the plant's canopy. As a final note, these plants dislike acidic soil, so it is not necessary to add additional lime to your potting mix. Instead, stick with the basic peat-based potting soil and make sure to refresh it as the mixture decomposes and becomes more acidic over time.
Abutilon is a relatively fast-growing plant, especially when they're young. Consequently, younger plants might need to be repotted twice a year, once at the beginning of the growing season and once in the middle. Older plants, however, benefit from being slightly pot-bound, so should be repotted either every other year or yearly into only slightly larger pots. Pot-bound plants tend to grow more vigorously and bloom better… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Abutilon
Native to the dry mountain valleys in Brazil.
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