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Abutillon Cuttings

29 October 2017 14:52:42


My first Abutillon was given by a bee keeping friend this year . I am wondering can it be propagated from lateral side shoots like these shown ? I believe the plant itself dies over winter ?

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Jackie Jackie 29 October 2017 18:11:57

I have 3 Abutillon shrubs. I am not sure if you can propagate from these but lets wait and see. I bring 2 of my shrubs into the greenhouse as they are in pots each year, but they just lose their leaves and pop up again in Spring time they dont die. The other one is in the ground and it too just loses its leaves but going strongly now for the past 5 years!

Dick Dick 29 October 2017 19:57:59

Declan, I understand that Abutillon vitifolium can be propagated  by sowing in heat in January or by rooting cuttings of the stem tips in a propagator in the summer. I have never propagated it yet.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 October 2017 01:11:03

You have nothing to lose by trying. I had a lovely variegated Abutilon but lost it a few years ago when I let the planter dry out for too long. Must look for another one. Best of luck, Declan.

Eilish Eilish 30 October 2017 10:38:17

I have found they take a long time to root from cuttings. They are very easy from seed. Have you saved the seed pods?

Michele Maria Michele Maria 30 October 2017 13:59:42

Lovely healthy looking cuttings. Best of luck with the propagating.

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 30 October 2017 18:33:29

Eilish I didn’t notice any seed pods on this at all. I received it late summer so maybe it didn’t flower but I did admire its foliage .Time will tell if these take. 

Bloom68 Bloom68 31 October 2017 23:58:10

Hi there I am sure there are many different types of abutilon but if it is the lovely one that has downward facing bell shaped flowers  - mine are a wine red, a pink and a white, and a different one which is sky blue and upward facing then they take very easily from cutings.  When I cut the plants down in the spring i stick pencil length cuttings into pots of sandy soil in the polytunnel covered with a plastic bag and they root very easily. They do not tend to be long lived even in mild Wicklow.  I think they hate the wet almost more than the cold. Bloom 68


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