An exotic-looking shrub - alas sensitive to frost.
Common name : Trailing Abutilon
Scientific name : Abutilon megapotamicum
Family : Malvaceae
Category : Climbing plants
Type of plant : Perennial
Abutilon megapotamicum is a shrub growing up to 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) tall, with leaves 5–8 centimetres (2.0–3.1 in) long, ovate to shallowly three-lobed, and orange-yellow flowers with a red base. It is a popular ornamental plant in subtropical gardens.
Sowing & planting
100 - 500
Identify my trailing abutilon
Abutilons have simple or lobed leaves, resembling maple leaves. The flowers appear from May to October, and are veined, hanging in bells.
Plant my trailing abutilon
The planting must be done in April-May. Outside, plant your abutilon under cover, as it freezes at -5 ° C. It needs a fresh, well drained soil, and humus, so add a little compost on the top of the soil during plantation.
In pots, mix garden soil with leaves compost and sand in a large pot, and plant. Plant a support pole measuring 1 meter next to the rootball.
Water my trailing abutilon
Water regularly - each week - in the first month after planting. After that your plant should be alright in open soil - if it's in a pot, you might need to water it every week during growth, and only once a month in the winter.
Mulch my trailing abutilon
Mulch around your abutilon to limit evaporation, especially in pots. Use crushed wood or dry leaves.
Fertilize my trailing abutilon
In pots, add a layer of compost each year in the fall.
Take care of my trailing abutilon
Remove the stake after two years - it is no longe needed and could harm the bark!
Put outside my trailing abutilon
Take out your potted abutilon after the last frosts: the full sun will suit it, but acclimate it gently the first days.
Shelter my trailing abutilon
If you fear frosts, it is essential to take your trailing Abutilon inside, ideally in a cool and airy place for the winter.