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Abutilon magic

Let me show you some abutilon magic. Abutilon belong to the Malva family. They are a close relative of hisbiscus and it is very clear from the flowers shape as well. These are also called chinese lantern. The most beautiful abutilon are megapotamicum but i am yet to get my hands on that. These are abutilon hybirdum i think.
abutilon flower yellow

Although blooming in winter right now, i expect them to bloom till spring and then in the late fall as well. I doubt that they will flower in intense heat of mid summer. They need to be prevented from monsoon rains as they dislike heavy rains. Good drainage is essential for them. In monsoon season, one must protect them from water logging. Humidity is another important factor as well. Some experts recommend lying the pots sideways to prevent from heavy monsoon rains.
abutilon flower red

Abutilon make excellent shrubs. They get tall as much as wide around 4-6 feet. Pruning is required on older plants to get in shape. This is my first year with these plants, i hope they stay long with me.

This post is included in Macro monday by Lisa’s Chaos so do visit her blog for more macro images

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6 Responses

  1. Bernie H says:

    I’ve always wanted to grow these, but we get monsoonal rain during our wet season here so I’ve always worried they would never survive if planted out in garden beds.

    Maybe they would do well in pots? Then I could move them out of the rain. I’d still be worried about the humidity levels though.

  2. FlowerLady says:

    What beauties! I’ve never seen them before. I hope they do well for you and that you get the megapotamicum.

    FlowerLady

  3. Marie-Jeanne says:

    I’ve never seen these flowers and they are beautiful. How large are they?

  4. Kala says:

    Lovely colors and details in these macros.

  5. Ida says:

    Beautiful shots of these stunning flowers.

  6. Cat says:

    The abutilon have such pretty blooms. The variety we grow here doesn’t open as much and is more of a lantern shape. Always interesting to see how plants perform differently depending on where they are grown.

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