This particular plant is related to both hibiscus and hollyhock plants. This plant called Lavatera rose mallow is really an attractive annual with a lot to offer in the garden. Just continue reading to learn more about growing this particular plant.

Lavatera rose mallow information

This particular plant called Lavatera rose mallow (Lavatera trimestris) is really an impressive, shrubby plant that has rich, green foliage and four inch blooms that appear from midsummer until the first frost. Lavatera rose mallow blooms range in color from pale pink to deep rose. This plant is a Mediterranean native. Lavatera rose mallow has naturalized and they grow wild across much of the United States. Lavatera rose mallow which is a pest- and disease-resistant plant is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Lavatera rose mallow reaches mature heights of three to six feet, also with a similar spread.  

Steps on how to grow Lavatera

 This particular plant grows in most well-drained soil types, even in poor soil. Lavatera rose mallow plant performs best in sandy or loamy soil. Lavatera rose mallow plant blooms best in full sunlight but tolerates partial shade. One of the most effective ways to plant Lavatera rose mallow is by planting the seeds directly in the garden after the last frost in spring. This plant has a long root system, make sure you plant them in a permanent location where they won’t require transplanting. Make sure you don’t plant them too early, because they won’t survive frost. By peradventure if you live in a mild climate you can actually plant the seeds in autumn for blooms in late winter and spring. Make sure you remove the weakest plants when the seedlings area is about four inches tall. You can allow eighteen to twenty-four inches between each plant. You can also plant the Lavatera indoors in late winter.

How to care for Lavatera plant

Actually, Lavatera rose mallow care is not complicated. Lavatera plant is drought tolerant but it also benefits from regular watering during hot, dry periods. Lavatera rose mallow will drop blooms if the soil becomes bone dry. You can feed the plant with a general-purpose garden fertilizer according to the label instructions every month during the growing season. Make sure you don’t overfeed them, because too much fertilizer can produce a green, leafy plant at the expense of blooms. Make sure you deadhead the plant regularly to promote continued blooming throughout the season, you can leave a few blooms in late summer if you actually want the Lavatera plant to reseed itself.  

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