How to Germinate Abutilon Seeds

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How to Germinate Abutilon Seeds
At maturity, the abutilon can grow up to 12 feet high. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A shrub native to southern Brazil, the abutilon -- known as the flowering maple, Indian mallow and parlour maple -- has varieties boasting different colours, including pink, red, purple, white, orange, mauve, yellow and apricot. It will take between three and 21 days for your abutilon seeds to germinate. It is often grown as a houseplant.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Germinating tray
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Potting soil

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  1. 1

    Soak the seeds in warm water overnight and discard any floating seeds.

  2. 2

    Combine equal parts peat moss, perlite and soil and fill a germinating tray.

  3. 3

    Sow the seeds in the soil 1/2 inch deep about 3 inches apart.

  4. 4

    Keep the container in a warm location in indirect sun or partial shade. Keep the soil moist yet not soggy. Seeds should germinate in 2 to 4 weeks.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of using a germinating tray, you can plant your seeds directly in a presoaked peat plug, if desired.
  • While some gardeners recommend soaking the seeds prior to planting, others skip this step and report satisfactory results with their seeds.

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