Mallow is a pretty wild-looking plant that is very decorative in the garden.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name: Malva
Type: Perennial, cultivates as a biennial
Height: 50 to 140 cm
Foliage: Expired -Flowering: Summer
Easy to maintain, it is ideal for balconies, terraces or the garden.
The planting of mallows takes place preferablyin spring but mauve can also beplanted in the fall, especially in regions with a mild winter climate.
Mallow is quite hardy, it is said to be resistant to frost and negative temperatures exceeding -20 °.
- Pick a locationsunny, this is where it blooms the most.
- Mallow likes well-drained soils.
- She dreads too compact and clayey soils.
- Respect aplanting distance of 80 cm to 1 m.
- Water regularly at the beginning, after planting, especially if it takes place in the spring.
Mallow can multiply on its own by spontaneous sowing, in which case there is nothing to be done.
If not,sow in place in April and then water regularly.
Mallow in pot
Mallow adapts perfectly to cultivation in pots, containers or planters.
Very rustic, it resists negative temperatures going down to -20 ° and therefore to the culture in pot.
- In summer, water the potted mallow as soon as the soil becomes dry.
- Add fertilizer for flowering plants during the year.
Once properly installed, mallow requires almost no maintenance.
Even though it is grown like a biennial, it is quite possible that it will spontaneously reseed itself year after year in your garden.
If this plant does not require a lot of water, it is important to water it the 1st year after planting to facilitate rooting and therefore recovery.
It's important toprune short in early springto give vigor to the plant and prevent it from growing too large.
Theautumn pruning should be avoided, because it risks causingstump rot in winter.
Not very sensitive to diseases and parasites, it can see the arrival of a few aphids or mealybugs but these parasites are never fatal to it.
Rust: Brown-brown pustules under the leaf and yellow spots on the top.
Varieties of mauves
Here are the varieties of mallow that you might discover or may have purchased for your garden.
Each of them can be grown according to the same growing tips.
- Mauve alcée,Malva alcea
- Musk mallow,Malva moschat
- Sylvan mallow, Malva sylvestris
Use of mallow
All parts of mallow are edible, whether it is the inflorescence (flowers), the fruits, the stems or the roots.
Mallow is rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals, iron and calcium.
Mallow has many benefits and virtues.
Long called "Omnimorbia« , that is to say "all diseases« , for its ability to relieve many diseases, mallow is also recognized for its soothing properties for the respiratory tract and irritated skin.
It is thus consumed raw in salads or cooked under various uses.
Useful in cooking or as a medicinal plant, mallow is also decorative.