How to Care for Musk Mallow

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Musk Mallow (Malva moschata) can be easily grown from seed or plant division. It does grow wild in grass meadows and along roadsides. Cultivated musk mallow can tolerate neglect and poor soil. It blooms in the spring but can be forced to bloom in late summer as well.

Step 1

Fill seed trays with potting soil. Add two to three seeds to each hole. Thin seedlings, keeping only the strongest plants, when they reach 2 inches tall (which should take 1-3 weeks).

Step 2

Loosen soil with a hard rake. Apply compost to garden site. Use the rake to mix the soil and compost, make sure that the soil stays loose and does not become compacted or clump up. For direct sowing, scatter seeds in the garden bed, then lightly rake soil over to cover.

Step 3

Transplant plants into the garden bed when the plants are at least 6 inches tall. For plant divisions dig a small hole approximately 4 inches deep. Place the plant in the hole and cover loosely with soil. Water lightly keeping the soil damp. Fertilize once per month.

Things You'll Need

  • Musk mallow seeds/plant divisions
  • Compost
  • Hard rake
  • Seed tray
  • Potting soil


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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

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