I will focus on the A.hybridum maple here, although, there are many of these broad leaf species. The species includes, A.striatum thompsonil, A.hybridum savitzil, A. megapotamicum and the list goes on. There are many other common name's as well, including.....the weeping chinese lantern, spotted maple and white parlour.
Origin: The origin of this maple which also has the scientific name of Abutilon x hybridum has not been established and is seen as a cultivar (selective breed).
Flowers and foliage: The leaves for this plant are a a maple type dark green, and the bell shaped flowers bloom beautifully in various colors including, red, yellow, pink, and white. You can expect to see plenty of flowers from these between spring through to fall and possibly later (or earlier).
Where they like to reside: Growing a flowering maple indoors requires enough space ready for when it matures because they can grow up to 5 ft, although your likely to be able to keep it pruned down to 2ft-3ft.
They also grow quickly and need to be pruned (see below) to fit your indoor needs. The maple can be taken in to the garden which they are partial to at summer time, but they do not like frosty morning's. A place that gets plenty of sunshine will keep him happy (not hot direct sunlight, though).
|Names:||F. maple, (common). -- Abutilon hybridum (botanical/scientific).|
|Max Growth (approx):||Height 5 ft or more.|
|Poisonous for pets:||Not known.|
|Temperature:||They thrive in summer conditions and prefer temperature’s from 60°F-15.5°C/ 80°F-26.6°C . Avoid lower than 50°F/10°C in the winter.|
|Light:||As mentioned above these love sunshine and bright rooms near windows. The maple will also thank you for taking it outside in the summer.|
|Watering:||The flowering maple likes to be watered frequently throughout spring and summer and a lot less in the winter. Do check the top of the soil (just about dry is good) and the bottom of the tray or pot to make sure your not over-watering it, although this is rarely a problem.|
|Soil:||An all-purpose potting mix will do the trick, as they are not so fussy.|
|Re-Potting:||Re-pot the maple within spring in a pot that is only slightly bigger than it's roots. A pot too large will allow this sneaky shrub to grow much bigger than you may like.|
|Humidity:||Humidity is not a major concern for these. Misting the leaves every so often is a good idea.|
|Propagation:||Propagate taking stem cuttings (3"-4") or sowing seeds in spring that germinate (sprout) in approx 3 weeks.|
|Pruning:||Prune your maple down to a manageable size just as spring approaches. Also prune back branches that are growing too big and any old branches or leaves when needed, which will encourage new growth and maintain a manageable size.|