The Mulch

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Jenny'

Jenny flowering maple Abutilon
Plant care instruction by Steve Brigham

In California's Central Valley and surrounding foothills, hybrid abutilons will grow well outdoors all year if given protection from both hot sun and frost. Whether you grow them in containers or in the ground, remember to water and fertilize your plants regularly for the best foliage and flowering. Testing.Website : http://www.1test.com

Sunset Zones 8,9,16,30,44 | USDA Zones 3b,4b,9b,10b
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Plant Care Instruction
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  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • Winter
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  • Summer
  • Fall
January
1. Water

Water regularly during dry periods.
2. Protect

Protect from frost and cold winds.
3. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs.
4. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs.
February
1. Water

Water regularly during dry periods.
2. Protect

Protect from frost and cold winds.
3. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs.
4. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs.
March
1. Buy

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.
2. Plant

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.
3. Fertilize

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.
4. Water

Water regularly during dry periods.
5. Prune

Prune to shape just before main spring growth starts.
6. Protect

Protect from frost and cold winds.
7. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs.
8. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs.
April
1. Buy

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.
2. Plant

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.
3. Fertilize

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.
4. Water

Water regularly during dry periods.
5. Prune

Prune to shape just before main spring growth starts.
6. Mulch

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.
7. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.
8. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
9. Transplant

Cut back and move established plants, if necessary.
May
1. Buy

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.
2. Plant

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.
3. Fertilize

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.
4. Water

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.
5. Mulch

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.
6. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.
7. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
8. Transplant

Cut back and move established plants, if necessary.
9. Propagate

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.
June
1. Buy

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.
2. Plant

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.
3. Fertilize

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.
4. Water

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.
5. Mulch

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.
6. Protect

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.
7. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.
8. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
9. Propagate

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.
July
1. Buy

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.
2. Plant

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.
3. Fertilize

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.
4. Water

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.
5. Mulch

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.
6. Protect

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.
7. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.
8. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
9. Propagate

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.
August
1. Buy

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.
2. Plant

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.
3. Fertilize

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.
4. Water

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.
5. Mulch

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.
6. Protect

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.
7. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.
8. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
9. Propagate

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.
September
1. Buy

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.
2. Plant

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.
3. Fertilize

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.
4. Water

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.
5. Mulch

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.
6. Protect

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.
7. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.
8. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
9. Propagate

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.
October
1. Water

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.
2. Mulch

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.
3. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.
4. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
November
1. Water

Water regularly during dry periods.
2. Protect

Protect from frost and cold winds.
3. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs.
4. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.
December
1. Water

Water regularly during dry periods.
2. Protect

Protect from frost and cold winds.
3. Pest/Disease Inspection

Check for snails and slugs.
4. Treat for Pest/Disease

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

Buy

When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

March

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

April

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

May

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

June

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

July

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

August

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

September

Buy plants in bloom to get the color and flower shape you want.

Plant

When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

March

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

April

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

May

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

June

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

July

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

August

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

September

Plant in rich, well-drained soil, using plenty of soil amendment. Choose a partially shaded spot that is protected from hot sun, strong winds, and frost.

Fertilize

When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

March

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

April

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

May

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

June

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

July

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

August

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

September

Fertilize once a month with an acid-type water-soluble plant food.

Water

Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

January

Water regularly during dry periods.

February

Water regularly during dry periods.

March

Water regularly during dry periods.

April

Water regularly during dry periods.

May

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

June

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

July

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

August

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

September

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

October

Water regularly during dry periods. Spray foliage with water when you water to increase humidity and keep leaves clean and healthy.

November

Water regularly during dry periods.

December

Water regularly during dry periods.

Prune

When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

March

Prune to shape just before main spring growth starts.

April

Prune to shape just before main spring growth starts.

Mulch

Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

April

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

May

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

June

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

July

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

August

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

September

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

October

Maintain a good layer of mulch to increase humidity and keep roots cool and moist.

Protect

When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

January

Protect from frost and cold winds.

February

Protect from frost and cold winds.

March

Protect from frost and cold winds.

June

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

July

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

August

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

September

Protect from strong sun and hot winds.

November

Protect from frost and cold winds.

December

Protect from frost and cold winds.

Pest/Disease Inspection

What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

January

Check for snails and slugs.

February

Check for snails and slugs.

March

Check for snails and slugs.

April

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

May

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

June

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

July

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

August

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

September

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

October

Check for snails and slugs. Watch for whitefly and scale insects.

November

Check for snails and slugs.

December

Check for snails and slugs.

Treat for Pest/Disease

How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

January

Control snails and slugs.

February

Control snails and slugs.

March

Control snails and slugs.

April

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

May

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

June

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

July

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

August

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

September

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

October

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

November

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

December

Control snails and slugs. Spray the undersides of the leaves regularly with water to discourage whiteflies. Control ants to stop scale infestations.

Transplant

When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

April

Cut back and move established plants, if necessary.

May

Cut back and move established plants, if necessary.

Propagate

When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

May

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

June

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

July

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

August

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.

September

Propagate by taking stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth. After you take the cuttings, remove half the leaf surfaces and any flowers on the cuttings, which should speed rooting.