Thursday, September 1, 2011

Flowering Maple Houseplants Care and Propagation


Flowering or parlor maples (Abuliton) are indoor shrubs that can grow up to 5 feet tall. Some varieties are grown in hanging baskets and some are tied to sticks.

Abulitons need lots of sunshine and at least 3 to 4 hours of direct sunshine every day.

During the Abuliton's growing season, soil will need to be kept moderately moist. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry out before each water. While not in growth, water only to keep the soil from completely drying out.

As for fertilizer, apply a liquid plant fertilizer every two weeks while the plant is in growth.

Abuliton species can be grown from seed except for the variegated types. The variegated Abulitons need to be grown from cuttings taken from the mother plant in the spring or summer. The cuttings should be 3 to 4 inches long. Dip the ends of the cutting in hormone rooting powder and stick in small pots of perlite. Cover each pot with a plastic bag and set in filtered sunlight. The cuttings should root in three to four weeks. Remove the bags and repot the small plants in potting soil. Keep the plants in filtered light for another 3 weeks and keep the soil barely moist. The Plants should now be mature.

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