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How to Grow and Care for Marsh Mallow Plants: A Complete Guide

by Gregory
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How to Grow and Care for Marsh Mallow Plants


Marsh mallow is a versatile plant with medicinal, culinary, and ornamental uses. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to grow and care for marsh mallow plants in your garden.

Growing Marsh Mallow

  • Sowing: Sow seeds in autumn or stratify them in the fridge for 3-6 weeks before sowing.
  • Planting: Plant seedlings 45-60cm apart in deep, fertile, moist soil. Water well until established.

Caring for Marsh Mallow

  • Water: Water regularly during dry spells, especially if growing for edible roots.
  • Fertilizer: Not necessary, but a balanced fertilizer can be applied in spring.
  • Pruning: Cut back dead growth in autumn and trim faded flowers to encourage new growth.

Harvesting Marsh Mallow

  • Roots: Harvest roots in autumn once the plant is two years old. Dig up the clump and cut off a portion. Replant the remainder.

Using Marsh Mallow

  • Medicinal: Marsh mallow root can be used to soothe inflammation and irritation in the digestive, respiratory, urinary, and skin systems.
  • Culinary: Marsh mallow root can be used as a vegetable in soups and stews.
  • Sweets: Marshmallow sweets were originally made from marsh mallow root, but today they are typically made with synthetic flavors.


  • Pests and diseases: Marsh mallow plants are generally pest-free, but flea beetles may nibble on the leaves.
  • Growing problems: Marsh mallow plants need moist soil and plenty of space to grow. Avoid planting in boggy or stagnant soil.


Growing and caring for marsh mallow plants is easy and rewarding. With a little care, you can enjoy the benefits of this versatile plant for years to come.

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