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Care of the shrub Abutilon grandifolium or Hairy Indian mallow.

Care of the shrub Abutilon grandifolium or Hairy Indian mallow

The genus Abutilon, of the Malvaceae family, it includes about 200 species of annual and perennial trees, shrubs and plants distributed in tropical and subtropical areas of America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Some species are: Abutilon grandifolium, Abutilon megapotamicus, Abutilon variegata, Abutilon hybridum, Abutilon vitifolium, Abutilon pictum.

Common name: Hairy Indian mallow. This species is native to South America.

They are fast growing shrubs, hairy stems and highly branched that reach 13 ft (4 m) height. They have large heart-shaped leaves of up to 9.8" (25 cm) length, with well-marked nerves and a velvety texture. Produces attractive yellow or orange flowers. They can bloom in spring and fall.

They can be used in groups next to a wall or in places protected from the wind or as isolated specimens.

Abutilon grandifolium can be grown in full or half-sun exposures and in hot climates. It is a subtropical plant that does not resist frost, so it is better not to expose it to less than 5 ºC (41 ºF).

As soil we would use a loose and light garden soil mixture to which organic matter will be added; good drainage is important.

Water regularly so that the soil never gets completely dry. It's important not to flood; wait for the soil surface to dry before re-watering.

Fertilize each fall with manure or compost.

They can be pruned slightly in late winter to give them a more compact appearance. It is important to control its growth and expansion as it tends to be invasive.

They do not usually present serious pest and disease problems if the drainage is appropriate.

The propagation of these shrubs can be done from seeds sown in early spring or by cuttings at the same time or in summer and rooted in a sandy substrate.


Images of the shrub Abutilon grandifolium or Hairy Indian mallow

Abutilon grandifolium
Abutilon grandifolium
Abutilon grandifolium
Abutilon grandifolium
 

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