Take a Cutting – Abutilon (Chinese Lantern)

A cutting is a stem of one plant that you transplant elsewhere to make a new plant. Many plants, including trees in my garden are cutting grown.  One side of my garden would be bare if not for cuttings.

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This abutilon is vigorous so I am constantly pruning it back.  I stab some pieces in pots and hey presto –   new plants.

Cuttings do take time to root and need care.  I keep them damp until they root then pot them up as they grow. They can be planted in the ground once the roots are strong.

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This cutting grown specimen was planted three months ago

 

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Abutilons come in a variety of colours.  I find the hybrids with the larger flowers more difficult to strike than the old fashion tall stemmed varieties.

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If you have no access to a cutting, buy one and know that the one plant can turn into hundreds in time.  It will also bloom generously for months.  That is good value.

I am a volunteer propagator for the Huge Plant Sale that raises money for cancer research.  Abutilons will be available in our next sale in April so come and buy one from us:

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About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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7 Responses to Take a Cutting – Abutilon (Chinese Lantern)

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  2. taphian says:

    These abutilons are really so beautiful. They have wonderful colors. You created a little paradise and I guess you take a lot out of your little garden. Have a nice day, dear Mary,
    kind regards Mitza

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    Those blossoms are so pretty. I have not made a lot of cuttings, but I think I should look into it, based on this post.

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