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How to Plant Mallow

By Elton Dunn ; Updated September 21, 2017
Most mallow flowers are pink or white.
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With its large, pink or white crinkly petaled flowers, mallow resembles the tropical hibiscus, but this plant grows in temperate areas. This annual is native to Europe but has widely naturalized in the Southern United States. Once established, mallow grows back from seed each year. Gardeners can plant many types of mallow, including red globe mallow, Oregon checker-mallow, common mallow and--the most well known--rose mallow. Mallow flowers throughout the summer and can grow quite tall and spread widely once established.

Locate a full to partially sunny spot for your mallow plants that allows them room to grow once the air temperatures are warm and the soil has warmed to 70 degrees F. They are not particular about the type of soil, but mallow does spread once established and the seeds do not germinate in cold soil.

Turn over the soil with a shovel to aerate it and break apart any soil clumps. Remove rocks, sticks and weeds from your garden bed.

Rake the soil back into an even layer before planting mallow.

Dig a shallow furrow 1/8 inch deep using a trowel. Scatter mallow seeds in this furrow, spacing them 1 to 2 inches apart. Cover over the furrow with soil to finish planting mallow.

Water the garden bed until the soil becomes moist but not soggy.

Keep the soil moist until the mallow seeds germinate and begin to grow in 15 to 30 days.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Trowel
  • Water

About the Author


A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.