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doors in the landscape. Inside as a house plant, they can be susceptible to the usual list of pests, such as aphids, mealybugs, scales, whitef lies and spider mites. If one of these pests shows up on the plant, treat it as you would usually treat a houseplant pest. If you would like to propagate your Abutilon, it roots easily from stem-tip cuttings. A rooting hor-

over the winter. Watering requirements indoor are to keep the soil slightly moist but to not overwater. Usually only a monthly watering is needed during the winter. The Abutilon f lowering maple tends to get rangy, so pinch the tops of the branches in the spring to encourage a more compact habit. Flowering maple may be used as a container patio plant during warm months and then brought in to overwinter as a houseplant. To grow as a houseplant, choose the smaller growing cultivars. Temperature-wise, these plants prefer a cooler room during the winter. Pest-wise, f lowering maples are not known to have any significant insect or disease problems out-

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