Caring For Common Mallow Plants In The Garden

by johnah on November 25, 2020

Caring For Common Mallow Plants In The Garden:

Mallow is one of the most common houseplants. There are many varieties of mallow plants. They come from different parts of the world and they all have their own characteristics.

Some are small and delicate while others grow up to 4 feet tall. All mallow species look alike but some are more attractive than others depending on your taste or mood at any given time!

Common mallow (Malvaceae) is one of the most popular houseplants because it’s easy to care for and looks pretty too! Most people like its cheerful appearance, which makes them happy. However, there are some people who don’t like mallow plants due to their tendency to spread disease and other problems.

If you’re not careful with these pests, they could ruin your day!

The following are some tips to keep mallow plants healthy and safe from pests.

1. Maintain Good Lighting Conditions – You need good lighting conditions when growing mallow plants.

Too much light will cause the leaves to turn yellow and die off quickly, so make sure you provide enough light for your plant during the day. Also, if you want to grow a large number of mallow plants, then you’ll probably need more lights than what the average home provides!

2. Maintain Average Temperature Conditions – Most mallow plants can survive in most average temperature conditions.

However, there are some types that can’t. Check the specific type of mallow you’re growing before planting it. If you notice that your mallow plant isn’t acting right, then check the temperature around it.

Mallow plants like average temperatures around them at all times. Too much hot or cold will cause death.

3. Always Check For Pests – The most common problem when growing mallow plants is pests, especially aphids.

You’ll need to check your mallow plants often for bugs crawling on the leaves and in the soil. Check under the leaves and around the roots as these are common hiding spots for aphids. If you do find any bugs or pests, then take immediate action to get rid of them to prevent further problems.

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4. Check & Change Soil – It’s a good idea to change your mallow plant’s soil every 3 months.

During this time, you should check the condition of the soil as well. If it seems too dry, then add more water. If it seems too wet or not soaked enough, then you may need to repot your plant into a bigger container or into one with more drainage holes.

With proper mallow plant care, you can grow healthy and happy mallow plants!

Caring For Common Mallow Plants In The Garden

Did you know that mallow is a favorite food of rabbits?

If you have rabbits in your area, then you may need to protect your mallow plants from them. They will surely nibble on them during the night if they can get to them!

It’s also important to prune your mallow plant during the right times. You should prune it right after it finishes flowering and when the temperatures start to get too cold in your area. If you do it at these times then the plant will have enough energy to regrow and bloom again during the spring and summer.

Mallows are pretty good at repelling pests on their own. The way they do this is by toxic properties contained in their roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds. However, if a lot of insects or other pests invade your garden, then you can always use organic pest control on them.

General Questions About Mallow

What types of varieties can I grow?

Most of the types of mallow that you’ll come across are called Purslane (genus: purslane), but there are many others as well. Here are some other types that you may want to try:

1. Marsh Mallow (genus:


This is a favorite vegetable that was eaten in ancient Greece and Rome. It’s still used in candies and other sweets today.

2. Malva (genus:


These have pretty pink or purple flowers and are often used as ornamental plants in gardens. These are also edible, but you should only eat the young leaves.

3. Japanese Mallow (genus:


This type of mallow is mainly grown for its beautiful flowers. The leaves and stems are poisonous, so keep pets and kids away from them.

4. Beach Mallow (genus:


This type is a coastal species that’s great for coastal gardens or anywhere that’s susceptible to flooding. It can even regrow from its roots after extreme tidal conditions!

5. Giant Hollyhock (genus:


These can grow up to 6 feet in height and produce massive flowers that can be over a foot across. They’re mainly grown for their ornamental value and are often used in botanical gardens and parks.

Where can I get mallow seeds?

Most of the common types of malva are easily available as seeds online or at your local gardening store. You can also get them at your local nursery for a more convenient purchase.

What’s the best soil mixture to grow mallow?

Most types of mallow don’t need any special treatment when it comes to soil. A good all-purpose garden soil will do, but you can also add organic material such as peat moss or compost for a richer soil.

Is it better to sow seeds directly or start them indoors?

For smaller plants, it’s easier to sow the seeds directly where you want them to grow since there’s no need to transplant them. Larger mallow plants should be started indoors since they can be difficult to transplant and grow slowly.

How do I prune mallow plants?

Most types of mallow have pretty flowers and it’s easy for them to get out of control if you don’t keep them in check regularly. To prune, simply cut them back to desired length. If you leave them alone, they’ll continue to grow until they fall over and go to seed.

When is the best time to plant mallow?

You can plant mallow anytime, but early spring is the best time to plant since the plants will have more time to establish themselves before summer.

What type of pest are most likely to attack mallow?

Most types of mallow have a natural repellant in the stems, leaves and roots that keep out most types of pests. If you’re having an issue with insects or other pests, there are organic pesticides you can use to get rid of them.

What type of diseases do malva plants get?

Most malvas don’t get many diseases and are pretty hearty. If you’re growing them in organic soil, they’ll be even hardier against diseases.

How long does it take for mallow to grow?

Some types of mallow grow a little faster than others, but they all take about the same amount of time to grow. From seedling to full grown plant can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Once they start to flower, they’ll begin to go to seed and the actual seeds will take about 2 weeks to fully grow. You can cut the seeds off before they shed or you can let them go to encourage more flowers next year.

When is the best time to harvest mallow?

Once the flowers begin to wither a bit and turn brown, that means the seeds are ripe for collection. The seeds can be stored for future planting or used right away in various recipes.

How long do malva plants live?

Most types of mallow will continue to grow and flower until they go to seed. After they go to seed, the plant will die. The root will regrow the following year, but it takes a little longer for it to sprout leaves and stems. In areas with mild or temperate climates, the mallow will remain active year-round, but in colder areas, it will die back in the winter.

Are malva plants perennial?

Most types of mallow are short-lived perennials. The root will regrow in the spring and produce new stems and leaves, but they don’t live more than a couple years. You can often find new small plants growing from the old plants roots the second year. It’s not unusual to have small patches of mallow popping up in your garden, which is great if you want quick coverage.

Where can I buy mallow seeds?

You can find mallow seeds online or at your local garden center. Some nurseries or garden stores may call it by a different name. It may be called Arabian Mallow, Cliff Mallow, Egyptian Mallow, Cheese Plant, Cheeseweed, Common Mallow, Indian Mallow, Paper Mallow or Vachellia farnesiana (the scientific name).

How much do mallow seeds cost?

Mallow seeds can range from $4-$20 online or at your local garden center.

How long do mallow seeds last?

Fresh mallow seeds can be stored at room temperature for about a year if kept dry. You can also store them in the refrigerator for longer storage. Dampness and temperature changes will cause them to break down and become less viable.

How do I grow mallow from seed?

Mallow is very easy to grow from seed. Just soak the seeds in water for about 8 hours and then sow them on the surface of good, well drained garden soil. You can plant them in fertile soil, but they grow equally as well in poor, rocky soil. They can also take full sun or light shade. They will grow pretty aggressively, so you don’t want to plant them where you want to keep something else. After about 4-6 weeks, they should be ready to harvest.

How do I harvest mallow?

When the flowers start to wither and turn brown at the edges, you can cut the entire stem off just below the flowers and dry it for later use. The seeds can be collected by pulling or cutting the individual pods from the stem and letting them dry further before storing.

Are mallow plants edible?

Yes, the leaves, stems, and flowers are all edible. They have a slightly mucilaginous texture (slimy), but are high in nutrition. Commonly eaten raw in salads or cooked like spinach. The roots can also be eaten.

Are mallow plants poisonous?

Mallow does contain a small amount of oxalic acid. In large quantities, it can interfere with the absorption of calcium and iron. This tends to be in large quantities of any plant from the same family (i.e. spinach). It is also not recommended for people with existing kidney problems. Otherwise, mallow is very healthy and nutritious for most people and is safe for human consumption in the normal amounts you would consume other greens.

Mallow contains peroxide.

Mallow also contains a peroxide compound similar to the one found in bleached flour or man-made disinfectants. It is destroyed by heat and can cause respiratory problems if large amounts are ingested. Normal cooking processes for food should take care of this, but it is something to be aware of.

Other information about mallow.

Mallow is believed to have been domesticated as early as 6000 B.C.E.

in Egypt. It is one of the oldest crops in history. The ancient Egyptians most likely used the plant for food, but also found other medicinal uses such as using it on their papyrus paper.

It is a common misconception that the botanical name for the plant, althaea, comes from the word “aletheia”, which means “truth” in Greek. Althea is actually taken from the Arabic name for the plant, and ultimately from the Semitic root “hul” (Hol), meaning “completely”, “entirely”, or “finishing”.

Mallow is one of the four ingredients in the traditional English mixture “Four Thieves Vinegar”, along with valerian, lavender, and rosemary. The Four Thieves Vinegar was said to guard against the plague.

Thanks to its mucilaginous texture and ability to trap dust and dirt, mallow was used as an ingredient in cleaning products in the 19th century.

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