A small annual or biennial herbaceous plant, growing to 30 to 50 cm, erect or recumbent, with rounded leaves more or less lobed and toothed, and pink flowers with 5 veined petals veined.
30 - 50
6 - 7
Sow my common mallow
You can sow directly in place from March to June or even better, during autumn, in lines or by broadcasting, in well-drained soil. If you sow in pots, prepare a mixture of sand and compost.
In any case, the chances of success of your seedlings are better in a warm soil, so wait for a few days of good weather. After sowing, water gently every day until your plants have grown some leaves.
Sow the mallow under shelter, with 3 to 5 seeds one hole in each pot, from March to May. Use a mixture made of sand and compost. Cover the seeds with a shallow layer of soil, and tamp it with your hands. Water with a sprayer for the first few days.
Thin out my common mallow
For seedlings grown in open ground, thin to 15 or 20 cm when the plants have 3 or 4 leaves.
Dibble my common mallow
Speck your mown sows under cover when they have at least four true leaves, starting in March.
Plant mallow on ordinary soil, well drained, semi-shade. It is resistant to drought and withstands poor soils, even those with limestone.
In pots, prefer a sunnier spot, and a substrate composed of potting soil and garden soil.
In the open ground, dig a hole 3 times the size of the root ball. Mix a handful of compost with the original soil - if your soil is heavy add coarse sand, or even gravel for better drainage. Soak the root ball for 3 minutes. Install the plant and refill.
For beautiful effect, install at least 3 plants spaced 30 to 40 cm apart. Place very large varieties preferably in the background. In pots, drain with clay balls or gravel and add the mixture of potting soil and garden soil.
Plant my common mallow
Plant the mallow purchased in a bucket from March to May or from September to October, in open soil or in pots.
Plant mallow in ordinary soil, well drained, in semi-shade. It is resistant to drought and withstands poor soils, and even limestone. In pots, prefer a sunny spot, and a substrate composed of potting soil and garden soil.
In open soil, dig a hole 3 times the size of the root ball. Mix a handful of compost with the original soil - if your soil is heavy add coarse sand, or even gravel for better drainage.
Soak the root ball for 3 minutes. Install the plant and refill.
For a beautiful mass effect, install at least 3 plants spaced 30 to 40 cm apart. Place very large varieties preferably in the background. In pots, drain with clay balls or gravel and add a mixture of potting soil and garden soil.
Water my common mallow
Water in the first weeks, and in case of very hot weather.
Keep the seedling substrate a bit moist.
After planting, let the soil dry between two waterings until growth begins, and then water again.
Once properly grown, you will only need to water your plants in dry and windy weather or in case of prolonged drought.
Pinch my common mallow
When the plants are 30 cm tall, pinch them to make them branch - cut the main stem between the thumb and forefinger, above two leaves.
Prop my common mallow
Large species can reach 1.20m in height:
plan a staking system in windy areas!
Prune my common mallow
The pruning is not essential, but can be done in the middle of spring to adjust plant symmetry.
Cut down my common mallow
Leave the faded bunch in winter, the seeds will feed the birds but cut the clump at ground level in March.
Reap my common mallow
From June to October, in the morning, harvest the leaves and the flowers, to cook them! Be careful: pick only those that are not attacked by rust.
Take the opportunity to cut some stems to put in vase: the mauve forms pretty bouquets.
In cooking and for health: use the flowers as quickly as possible. The foliage, washed and rolled in a damp cloth can keep 3 days in the refrigerator.
For health: for use in winter, dry the stems, head down, in a dark, dry and ventilated room.
For the decoration:
If you want to keep your bouquet as long as possible, put the branches in a bucket of water as soon as you pick it, to soak the stems completely.
Store this bucket in a dark, cool room.
A few hours later, compose your bouquet, after having cut the stems by a few centimeters and removed all the leaves likely to soak in the water of the vase.
Propagate my common mallow
Mallow is multiplied by sowing or tuft division.
Divide the clumps when they are 2 to 3 years old, in March or October.
Take out the tuft with the fork spade, and separate the roots.
Replant the chips immediately.
On the other hand, mallow spontaneously reseeds, so you can pick spontaneous seedlings in May or June. Transplant them into a bucket or replant them directly in the open soil if they are strong enough.
You can also harvest the seeds when they are ripe, in September or October on a dry weather day. Keep them in an opaque envelope until planting.
Check on my common mallow
Like all other species of the Malvaceae family, the mallow may be prone to rust. To avoid this disease, prune the stems low at the end of June. Rust is easy to spot and recognize. The upper surface of some leaves has reddish or yellowish rings, and when turning the leaf, you discover, small powdery pustules whose color varies from beige to brown, to yellow and orange on its underside.
To fight against rust, opt for a decoction of horsetail growing in colonies, in meadows or forest edges, preferably in cool, damp, acidic places.
Rich in silica, horsetail strengthens the resistance of plants to fungal diseases: black spots of roses, peach blister, mildew, and, of course, rust ... Act almost as if you were making a decoction for you, with medicinal plants.