Plant Care Wax Mallow

Wax Mallow

Also known as

Wax Mallow, Turkcap, Wax mallow, Ladies teardrop and Scotchman's purse

Taxonomy

Malvaviscus arboreus
Malvaviscus
Malvaceae
Malvales

How to care for Wax Mallow

💦 Water

How often to water your Wax Mallow

Water needs for Wax Mallow
0.5 cups
every 9

Wax Mallow needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Wax Mallow

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Wax Mallow in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Wax Mallow: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Wax Mallow love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Wax Mallow does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Wax Mallow in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Wax Mallow

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Wax Mallow: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Wax Mallow after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Wax Mallow prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Wax Mallow Water Frequency →

Wax Mallow Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Wax Mallow requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Wax Mallow Light Requirements →

Wax Mallow Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Wax Mallow does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Wax Mallow →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Wax Mallow will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Wax Mallow →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Wax Mallow can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Wax Mallow Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Wax Mallow can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Wax Mallow →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Wax Mallow

Wax Mallow

Wax Mallow


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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