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There are several good Abutilon`s to grow. If you can grow a Mallow(Lavatera) then you can grow an Abutilon.. They are the same family,& love the same conditions! As long as they have a lovely sunny-site & well-drained soil, with plenty of room, to grow.Some can grow up to 10ft,& more.. The largest I`ve grown, which turned out to be one of the best by far was; ABUTILON VITIFOLLUM.(Evergreen) This plant was grown from seed, by the kids & myself,& to our surprise the whole lot germinated!We had loads & the seed was only 10p from a gardener who had one of those garden-trail`s,browsing round each others gardens,great fun!! Anyway these seeds produced both mauve,& white plants(even better) We kept quite a few & had to decide what to do with the others. We decided to raise funds,for the Riding for the Disabled,& sold loads of different plants. The ones we kept looked beautiful,with saucer-shaped flowers similar to a mallow but prettier! We dotted them about the garden & put white ones in between the mauve with great results... The leaves,evergreen, got a bit messy in the Winter, but most of the plants survived! We`ve taken them from house to house, collecting seed ,every year. Last year was so wet we lost all of them, but I shall be growing them again soon! ABUTILON MEGAPOTAMICUM-VARIEGATUM. This plant is a variegated variety,& I`ve only had this one in a pot,one season, & I bring it in when it gets cold. This is not hardy, but is great in a porch or conservatory,for the Winter. The flowers are more like an Abutilon should be with bells,of red & yellow, hanging gracefully down. Looks great on the patio, with the summer bedding,or if you live in the South, you could try growing it on a South-facing wall! ABUTILON ASHFORD-
RED. I have never found this variety to be hardy One was given to me for a present, from a gardening friend, & it was so elegant! The leaves were more of a apple-green colour,& the flowers were larger than the other tender varieties.. These were like large bells of a deep strawberry colour,lovely. This too made a lovely container plant, but if put in the garden, for the Summer, it can grow to 6ft. If you lived in a warmer climate, you could chance it outside! There are other varieties,that I haven`t tried yet.. But if you want Summer-bedding,why not try growing the Large-flowered fancy Hybrids, from seed.. If you get a mix, the colour`s range from yellow,apricot,pink & red.. They grow fast, & look superb in containers! If you fancy something hardier, grow the Abutilon Vitifollum,either in mauve or white Everybody grows mallows,have a go at growing something different,it will be admired by all! You will be the envy of your neighbours! Seed`s available from Thompson & Morgan, or any good garden-centre.Prices vary! You can buy plants, but not everyone does them you have to shop around! GREENGODDESS ..OCT.17TH..9.00PM..