How to Grow Mallow Plants
Perennial, Annual, Lavatera trimestris
Mallow is a fun and easy to grow member of the Hibiscus plant family. It
calls many places "Home", being native to North America, Asia, and
Mallow plants are really perennials. But, they are usually grown as annuals.
The flower blooms resemble hollyhocks, and are 2 inches across, in pink or
white colors. The leaves are heart-shaped. Large leaves at the bottom of
the plant, gradually give way to smaller leaves, higher up the stem.
Mallow flowers attract butterflies.
Try growing Mallow in flower beds, borders, or containers on your patio or
Mallow looks good in cut flower arrangements.
Other Names; Malva, Striped Mallow
Plant Height: 1' - 4', depending upon variety
Mallow plants are grown from seeds. Sow seeds directly into your flower garden
after all danger of frost has past.
While you can start seeds, indoors, they do not like to be transplanted.
If you choose an indoor start, we recommend using peat pots. Transplant before
roots begin to emerge through the pot.
Mallow can also be propagated by rooting
cuttings. Use tender, young stems.
Ideal Germination temperature: 70 degrees
Days to Germination: 5 - 10
How to Grow Mallow Plants:
Grow Mallow plants in full sun. They will tolerate partial shade.
Mallow plants like good to average soils, that are well drained. Add a generous
amount of compost into the planting site.
The plants are drought tolerant, but grow best with a constant supply of
Water regularly during droughts.
Apply a general purpose fertilizer monthly.
Established Mallow plants are low maintenance. For a bushier growth, pinch
back growing tips after the plant reaches 12".
Add mulch around the plants for appearance, and to keep weeds down.
Deadhead spent flowers, to promote new
Flowers Bloom: Summer and Fall
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are infrequent.