Otherwise known for the sugary treats, that almost every kid, love to this day! It has been made from its roots since ancient times! Average germination time often takes up to 6 weeks or even longer in some cases. Start indoors in early spring or late fall. Place moist seeds in the fridge until germination occurs, then transplant to larger containers, and gradually outdoors. This perennial reaches heights 18"-24", prefers moist lightweight soil, and full sun. Produces lovely, light pink flowers, and large green leaves. The leaves can be eaten as a vegetable, in salads or dried used in tea. It was the roots that were originally cooked down to produce that sweet sugary substance. The marshmallow plant is so versatile, from the attractive flowers, to its culinary properties, and known for medicinal use.
Once established, the Marshmallow plant is known to self-seed but not in an aggressive way.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!