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Marshmallow - Live Plant
Marshmallow - Live Plant
Marshmallow - Live Plant
Marshmallow - Live Plant

Marshmallow - Live Plant

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Description

Get ready to add a touch of enchantment and indulgence to your garden with the Marshmallow Live Plant. Create a magical outdoor space where you can savor the sweet moments and share the joy of gardening with friends and family. 

What should I know about growing Marshmallow?

Successful growth of Marshmallow hinges on proper water, light, and soil management. Recommend sun light for Marshmallow is full sun to partial shade.

Marshmallow does best in moist, well-drained soil, if you are growing in a pot, potting mix is a fine alternative.

Make sure you understand how big a Marshmallow can grow. It is recommended to space Marshmallow 18-24 inches apart as they can grow about 24-36 inches in diameter and up to 36-72 inches high.

The flowering period of Marshmallow varies; while it typically blooms summer to fall, it may not flower until its second year, depending on the planting time.

How can I use with Marshmallow?

The roots, leaves of the plant has long been used to produce tea, poultice, reflecting the diverse benefits attributed to Marshmallow over time.

It is available in a 3.5” pot, oh-so ready to boast tall, graceful stems of lush green with the most delightful, fluffy marshmallow blooms. It’s not just a treat for the eyes, its tender leaves can jazz up your salads and teas, adding a delectable twist to your culinary escapades. Its healing properties are a perfect remedy for pesky sore throats and bothersome coughs. Plus, this low-maintenance wonder is a perfect companion for both seasoned gardeners and greenhorn enthusiasts, promising a hassle-free journey to marshmallow paradise.

About Marshmallow

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is a fascinating plant that stands tall with its vibrant green, upright stems, adorned by soft, velvety leaves. It produces striking pink to white hibiscus-like flowers, which not only make for a picturesque addition to any garden but also serve as a magnet for pollinators, enriching the biodiversity of your outdoor space.

Marshmallow roots and leaves are renowned for their mucilaginous qualities, which means they can be used to create soothing teas and poultices. These remedies have been embraced for their ability to ease sore throats, coughs, and skin irritations, making the Marshmallow plant a natural pharmacy in your garden.  Its tender leaves can be a surprising addition to salads, adding a delightful twist to your plate, and its versatile nature allows it to shine as both a visual masterpiece and a source of nourishment.

How to use Marshmallow

  • Tincture: Marshmallow roots are chopped and macerated in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks to formulate a tincture.
  • Tea: In hot water, marshmallow roots or dried leaves are soaked for 10 minutes to make tea.
  • Salve: Marshmallow-infused oil can be combined with beeswax and a few drops of fragrant essential oil (preferably lavender or chamomile) to form a soothing salve.
  • Vinegar infusion: Dried marshmallow root can be soaked in apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar for 4 to 6 weeks, shaking and adding vinegar during the period, to form a marshmallow vinegar infusion.

Marshmallow - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Marshmallow an annual or perennial plant?

Marshmallow is a perennial plant and it can persist and grow for several years, provided it is properly cared for and maintained. This characteristic makes it a popular choice for gardeners who want a long-lasting addition to their gardens.

How much space should be needed to grow Marshmallow?

When planting marshmallows, space individual plants about 2 to 3 feet (approximately 60 to 90 centimeters) apart. This spacing allows each plant to have enough room to grow without crowding.

 

What zone does Marshmallow grow in?

Marshmallows are well-suited in tropical and sub-tropical environments. It thrives in USDA growing zones 3 through 9. It generally thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.

 

When should I harvest Marshmallow?

The young leaves and flowers of marshmallows are typically harvested in the spring and early summer when they are at their most tender and flavorful. Its roots, on the other hand, are often harvested in the fall, after the plant's energy has shifted downward from the leaves and stems to the roots. This is usually when the roots are at their most potent for medicinal purposes.

 

Does Marshmallow flower or fruit?

Marshmallow does produce flowers, but it is not typically grown for its fruit. The primary attraction of the marshmallow plant is its beautiful flowers, which can be various shades of pink or white. When fertilized, the flowers transform into small round fruit capsules.

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