Abelia: Home Care, Replanting And Propagation, Species

An evergreen plant like Abelia(Abelia) is presented as a shrub. At the same time, these deciduous shrubs are not very tall. It belongs to the Linnaeaceae family. In the wild, abelia can be found in Mexico and Southeast Asia. The genus is named after Clark Abel, an English physician who worked in China in the 19th century.

This beautifully flowering shrub has dark green foliage. These glossy leaves are arranged in a suprotective manner and have short petioles. Fragrant, funnel-shaped or bell-shaped flowers grow on apex as well as axillary pedicels. The oblong-shaped flowers consist of petals, the edges of which are slightly bent. They come in light pink or white.

The leathery little fruits that have a curved or oblong shape contain 1 seed.

This flower often grows in greenhouses or decorates spacious rooms.

Home care for abelia

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species


This plant needs lots of light but needs good shade from direct sunlight.

Temperature setting

In spring and summer abelia feels great at normal room temperature. In winter, however, it should be placed in a cool room (within 10-15 degrees).

A sudden drop in temperature may result in the leaves falling off.

This plant does not like draughts and therefore it is recommended to move it to another room when airing the room or to protect it from cold air currents.


Moisturize the plant with a sprayer only during the hot summer days and not to overdo it because it may easily rot. In winter, however, you do not need to moisten.

How to water

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

The plant needs abundant watering in spring and summer.

In autumn less watering and a sparing watering in winter, but make sure that the ground will not dry out completely.


Feed every 2 weeks with liquid flower fertiliser and only in spring and summer. Stop feeding in autumn and winter.


This shrub needs quite a bit of pruning to ensure it can take hold indoors. It is done at the end of flowering.

If the abelia grows in the open ground, it does not need to be trimmed. It is necessary to remove from time to time only damaged, dried out and poorly located branches. Hedges consisting of evergreen species are trimmed at the end of flowering. And leafy species are cut back in February or March.

Transplanting Abelia

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

Potting is done as needed in the spring.

For this purpose, earthmoss is made by mixing mulch, sod and peat soil and sand in the proportion 2:2:2:1. Earth acidity should be about pH 5.5-6.

Abelia multiplication

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

Abelia is multiplied by cuttings, seeds or shoots.

Sow seeds in January.

The seedlings grow quickly and the young plants can flower the same year.

Branches and stem cuttings that remain after pruning can propagate the plant in the springtime. For quick rooting, light soil such as peat, sand or perlite should be used. They are placed in heat (20-25 degrees). Cuttings quickly become lush bushes and begin to bloom the same summer.

Every year rootstock is formed and absolutely any shoot can become a separate shrub.

Pests and diseases

Aphids often settle on abelia, causing considerable damage to the plant. Sugary secretions form on the surface of the leaves and then the aphid develops on them. Thrips and spider mites can also settle on this shrub.

Abelia is a shrub of the lily family

Abelia species with photos and names

Abelia grandiflora (Abelia x grandiflora)

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

This hybrid shrub is semi evergreen (depending on humidity and temperature).

When grown at home, the abelia of this most common species has long, slender, drooping shoots. It is noteworthy that while the plant is young, its shoots have a light pink hue. The small, supronate leaves are oblong in shape, pointed upward. These glossy leaves are colored dark green. The fragrant, rather large axillary flowers are pentapetal, fused.

Gathered in an inflorescence of brush, the florets are colored white. Flowering is very long and abundant.

The most popular varieties:

  1. Francis Mason - not very tall shrub with golden leaves.
  2. Edward Goucher - has red-purple leaves that reach 2 centimeters in length.

Abelia chinensis (Abelia chinensis)

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

This rather tall (up to 2 m.

) semi-evergreen shrub has a number of drooping and very graceful shoots. Its dark green leaves have an oval pointed shape. And its bell-shaped florets are colored white with small red dashes.

Abelia floribunda (Abelia floribunda)

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

This shrub, which is an evergreen, has downy light red stems as well as shiny dark green leaves that are quite broad. Quite long (up to 4 centimeters), fragrant bright pink flowers have a funnel shape.

This abelia blooms in May or June. Blooms last several months in a row.

Abelia schumannii (Abelia shumannii)

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

This delicate shrub is a deciduous shrub. Its oval leaves are colored dark green. Its blossoms are lilac-pink and blooms last from June through September.

Abelia triflora (Abelia triflora)

Abelia: home care, replanting and propagation, species

This deciduous and fairly persistent shrub is sometimes the size of a small tree. Its lanceolate leaflets are colored dark green. Flowering begins in June. The blossoms have a pale pink color.

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