Instructions To Grow Marshmallow Plants

Instructions To Grow Marshmallow Plants

The marshmallow plants are upright perennial herbs valued for its healing properties. When planting marshmallow plants from a seed, growers recommend beginning the germination process by stratifying the seeds. To do this, combine the seeds with damp sand and place them in a plastic bag. Let the bag sit out for 24 hours before placing them in the refrigerator for four to six weeks, shaking them occasionally. Plant the seeds as soon as they begin to sprout. Once the seed has begun to sprout, pour the mixture of seed and sand over the top of a prepared garden pot filled with potting soil. To help lock moisture around the plant, cover the pot loosely with plastic wrap. Plant the seedlings as soon as they begin to sprout after the last frost. When planting the seedlings outdoors, dig holes 18 to 24 inches apart to prevent having to thin them out later.

After placing the plants in the ground, pat the soil down around the base of the plant until firmly secure and water. Marshmallow plants can also be propagated by root cuttings, which should be planted in December. Marshmallow plants do best in full sun and should never be planted in full shade. Suitable soils for this plant include sandy, loamy and heavy soils, as well as saline soils. When it comes to soil pH, these plants aren’t picky either, tolerating acidic, alkaline and neutral soils. Remember that marshmallow plants are indigenous to salt and brackish marshes and other areas surrounding bodies of water, making moist soil a must for a healthy marshmallow plant.

Backyard Garden With Marshmallow Plants

Backyard Garden With Marshmallow Plants

Although the name marshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis) conjures up visions of bushes covered in marshmallows, the marshmallow plant is actually a plant covered in soft, velvety leaves and white to pale pink flowers.

Marshmallow Plants In The Outdoor Garden

Marshmallow Plants In The Outdoor Garden

Marshmallow will grow to heights of 36" tall or more, and begin to show broad, light pink flowers along the think herbaceous stalk in mid to late summer.

Marshmallow Plants In The Garden

Marshmallow Plants In The Garden

These plants prefers partial sun, but can grow well in shade or full sun. It prefers a rich soil that will retain moisture.

Flowering Marshmallow Plants In The Yard

Flowering Marshmallow Plants In The Yard

Marshmallow will begin to flower in the second year, and may require a few years to produce roots large enough to harvest for medicine making.

Garden With Flowering Marshmallow Plants

Garden With Flowering Marshmallow Plants

The common marshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis) is a green perennial that grows large, bee-pollinated, white flowers from July to September, followed by seedpods that ripen from August to October.

Outdoor Yard With Marshmallow Plants

Outdoor Yard With Marshmallow Plants

Common marshmallow plants grow best in sandy, moist soil and are not fussy about the soil's pH level.

White Flowering Marshmallow Plants

White Flowering Marshmallow Plants

The plants grow in clumps about 4 feet tall and about 2 1/2 feet wide. They have spearhead-shaped or three-to-five-lobed green leaves about 3 inches long and wide that grow from vertical stems.

Gardening With Marshmallow Plants

Gardening With Marshmallow Plants

Marshmallow plants are hardy and rarely need fertilizing. Avoid applying fertilizer directly to the plant. It is helpful to work organic fertilizer like manure or earthworm hummus in the soil at the time of planting and at intervals of two to three years after.

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