Abutilon pictum, commonly known as the Flowering Maple, Chinese Lantern or Jaba Hibiscus is a delightful and vibrant flowering plant that will surely brighten up any garden or indoor space. With its attractive bell-shaped flowers and lush green leaves, it is a popular choice among plant enthusiasts.

The Chinese Lantern plant is known for its exquisite flowers that resemble delicate bells hanging from slender stems. These flowers come in a variety of striking colors, including shades of orange, red, yellow, and even pink. The petals have a slightly ruffled texture, which adds to their charm.

When in full bloom, the plant becomes a spectacle of vibrant hues, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to its nectar-filled blossoms. They are also a low maintenance flowering plant, hence you can grow them in your garden by following these tips.

How To Grow & Care For Chinese Lantern Plant?

  1. Climate: You can grow this alluring flowering plant in warm tropical to sub-tropical climates. Avoid growing them in regions that are prone to winter frost.
  1. USDA Zones: You can grow them in USDA zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9.
  1. Soil & Potting Mix: Plant them in well drained loamy soils that are rich in organic matter and have good water retention capacity. But avoid clayey soils. Prepare potting mix with 40% garden soil + 40% dung manure + 20% river sand.
  1. Sunlight: Just like gerbera plant, you can also keep them under bright indirect sunlight. However, they also perform well under direct sunlight but avod keeping them under direct harsh afternoon sunlight.
  1. Watering: During the early stages of growth, keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Once they mature, then you can water whenever the top layer of the soil seems dry.
  1. Fertilizers: They are not heavy feeders, Start fertilizing from spring, i.e., from February. Apply one handful of dung manure or vermicompost + 1/2 teaspoon bonemeal or onion peel fertilizer once after every 30 days.
  1. Stalking & Pruning: As plant can grow up to 2 to 6 feet tall, it needs support, that’s why use wooden stick to give support to this flowering plant. Keep pinching off dead blossoms & pruning old branches to promote new flowers in the plant.

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