What is the life span?

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  1. KENNETH5636

    KENNETH5636 Active Member

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    Anyone out there know what the expected life span of Abutilon Vitifolium is?

    Regards to akk,

    KEN.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Comparatively brief. If you are wondering why yours died, in addition to being a short-lived shrub like other plants this also has definite environmental parameters. If these aren't stayed within failure is likely.
     
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    Er,.........Um,........Mine hasn't Died Ron,...........yet, it's thriving quite nicely at the moment! Iit's about 2.6 years old!

    It seems to love the soil it's in, as it has shot up at least 8-10 feet this year, it must be about 15 feet or more tall. Had a grand show of white flowers this year!

    I just wanted to know as a rough guideline how long it will live!

    Bestest,

    KEN.

    PS, Thanks for your speedy response!

    PPS, The Trunk and the leaves etc seem to be verry much like the construction of Lavertera,.............any relation to it Ron?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Same family as Lavatera and similarly prone to living a short time, as far as it goes.
     
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    Thanks Ron,

    I can always take cuttings every 2 years, so no worries!

    Thanks Ron.

    Bestest,

    KEN.
     
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    nic Active Member 10 Years

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    Mine's about 12, I think. It was given to me as a seedling in a polystyrene cup, and it's now about ten foot high. It was heavily oppressed by a berberis with a blackbird nest in it, which I cut back hard once I found the nest on the path after a gale. So it's getting a better shape now. Flowers for ages.
    The Lavatera a few yards away keeled over with no roots in its second winter(don't know how old it was when I got it) don't know why, it had a perfectly healthy root system when I planted it.
    What sort of cuttings? Hardwood, semi-ripe, heel? I've had little luck germinating the seed(haven't tried very hard), and wouldn't mind a back-up, just in case.
     
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    Hi Nic,

    Just treat the cuttings of Abutilon Vitifolium the same as Lavertera, It's a lot quicker than seeds! (Make sure the cutting has a heel, a little rooting powder won't hurt either)! I use a gritty compost, and keep it moist, usually indoors and out of direct sunlight in a warmish spot, it always works for me!

    Thanks for giving me a rough guide to the longevity of the Abutilon, it was the answer I was looking for, it's not often I get a direct answer to the questions I ask in this forum, most replies I get are like the answers Politicians give when asked a direct question, anything but the definitive answer required, 12 years will do me fine Nic!

    Bestest,

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Plant performance varies both due to variation in their genetics and due to site conditions (and how they have been treated before planting). Posts are also often made that do not give enough background information to make it possible to respond with airtight specifics.
     
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    nic Active Member 10 Years

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    I don't know if my Abutilon is typical or not, as it's the only one I know. It just tells us that they CAN live that long, not that they all will. As Ron says, there are a lot of variables which will affect longevity. Anyway, I hope yours gives you as many years of pleasure as mine has us. I'm very fond of it, and it's nice to have a plant that my mother didn't grow. I'd never come across it before I was given it.
    Heel cuttings, then, thank you.
     

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