Lavatera, the tree mallow is a beautiful perennial that blooms generously for a long time.
Summary of top tree mallow facts
Name – Lavatera
Family – Malvaceae (mallow family)
Type – annual or perennial
Height – 20 to 55 inches (50 to 140 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – July to October
Easy to care for, it is perfectly suited to balconies, terraces and to the garden.
Planting tree mallow
- Choose a sunny and wind-protected spot.
- Tree mallow loves well drained soil.
- Keep a planting distance of 32 inches (80 cm) to 3 feet (1 meter) between tree mallow plants in order for them to have the space they need to develop well.
- Water regularly after planting, especially if planting in spring.
Propagating tree mallow
This is easy and it is even recommended to multiply your tree mallow so that the base of the plant can be regenerated over the years.
- Propagate very easily through cuttings in April.
Sowing tree mallow
For annuals, sow in the vegetable patch directly in April and water on a regular basis.
Tree mallow on a terrace or balcony
- In summer, water as soon as the soil is dry.
- Add flower plant fertilizer during the year.
Trimming and caring for tree mallow
Watering tree mallow
Although this plant doesn’t require a lot of water, it is important to water it over the 1st year after planting so that roots can develop and the plant can settle in.
Trimming tree mallow
It is important to prune back short at the beginning of spring to give the plant vigor and avoid it growing too large.
- Avoid pruning in the fall because this could lead the stump to rot.
All there is to know about tree mallow
A plant with abundant blooming, tree mallow also has the advantage of growing and spreading very fast.
Its flowers tend to bloom repeatedly from the month of June up until the first frost spells.
With its balanced shrubby silhouette, this annual or perennial plant will fit right in among other perennials or shrubs in a flower bed.
Tree mallow grows in the wild in the Mediterranean are, usually on rather poor and rocky ground.
Tree mallow diseases
- Rust: Brown or tan blisters on the underside of leaves and yellow spots on the topside.
Smart tip about tree mallow
Water this perennial in summer in case of prolonged dry spells or strong heat wave.
Best to water in the evening so that water isn’t lost through evaporation.