The flowering maple, part of the Abutilon genus, is not a relative of the maple tree but instead is a house plant whose popularity dates back to the Victorian era. The flowering maple has leaves that resemble those on maple trees and can be variegated. The plant produces numerous colorful flowers that are long-lasting and bell-shaped. The flowers are 1 to 3 inches long and can be red, yellow, white, purple or even striped. Caring for a flowering maple plant is quite simple, making it a favorite for indoor gardeners.
Create potting soil for your flowering maple that is two parts sharp sand, two parts loam, two parts leaf mold or humus and one-half part dried cow manure, and add one 5-inch flower pot full of bone meal. Plant your flowering maple into the soil.
Place your flowering maple plant where it can gain full exposure to light. The best spots in your home to keep a flowering maple plant are on a table in a bright room or on a windowsill.
Give the plant plenty of fresh air. Without lots of fresh air, the plant’s flowers won’t open and its foliage will droop. If you keep your flowering maple indoors, place it on a screened-in patio or near a large open window when outdoor temperatures are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water your plant frequently to keep the soil slightly moist at all times. Keep the soil slightly drier in the winter.
Pinch back the tip shoots of young plants to force the growth of side branches. Prune extraneous shoots and dead stems from adult plants to keep the flowering maple from growing leggy and too tall.
Spray your flowering maple with neem oil or an insecticide soap solution if you detect an infestation of tortoise scale, mealy bugs or white fly.
Remove and destroy any leaves that have irregular brown spots, which are likely caused by the virus infectious chlorosis.