These are bushy annuals with rounded leaves and large, white, open-funnel-shaped flowers in late summer. The leaves are mid green, decorative and maple-shaped.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil. Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile soil in full sun. A soil that is too rich encourages foliar growth at the expense of flowering. Tolerates maritime exposure. Succeeds in dry soils. Plants are moderately fast-growing. A very ornamental plant. The cut flowers last a long time in water. A good bee plant.
Information sources: www.pfaf.org & wikipedia.org.
Genus - Lavatera
Species - Trimestris
Variety - White
Common name - Royal Mallow
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,50 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, Alkaline (pH 5-9)
Soil type - Moderately fertile, well-drained
Water requirements - Semi-moist
Landscape uses - Privacy, hedging, border, containers
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
You should sow the seeds outdoors in early spring from March to June in well drained, humus-rich soil.
Sow seed in pots or trays of moist seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a temperature of between +18-+23C.
After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination will usually take 14-21 days.
When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 8 cm pots or trays.
Grow on at a slightly lower temperature with good light and ventilation.
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