The 'Lucky Lantern' Abutilons are dwarf cultivars of the popular maple-leaf shrub. With bright orange downward-facing lantern-shaped blooms that cover the plant nearly year-round, it makes the perfect container or border accent choice. A tidy 12” x 12” bush with a rounded habit, it needs only one pinch on the center leader to encourage this shape. A fast grower, it loves full sun or partial shade and tolerates drought and heat well. Best in Sunset Garden zones 8, 9, and 12-24, it needs just regular watering. Be on the lookout for birds and butterflies attracted to its many blooms. Abutilon ‘Lucky Lantern Tangerine’ is an excellent accent plant that will provide enjoyment all year.
LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: USDA hardiness zones: 8 through 11
CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Water the plants thoroughly letting the excess water drain through the bottom of the pot. Be sure to keep excess water out of any tray underneath pot. Keep moist, during the spring and summer repeating twice a week all summer long. Water less in winter allowing the soil to dry a little.
FERTILIZER: To promote more flowers use a well balanced fertilizer like Roberta’s Flower Magic Plant Food (M7503) once a week April through October.
FLOWERING:They will bloom heavily in summer through late autumn. In winter to spring, they will bloom intermittently.
SOIL: They like bagged potting mixes for houseplants that will drain well. Most garden centers carry various brand names with perlite, vermiculite, soil and sand.