Organic Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis Seeds
Famously known for its roots creating the popular confection, marshmallow, this beautiful perennial has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and culinary properties.
Its roots create a creamy mucilaginous liquid that can be made into a myriad of different preparations. Every part is edible - root, stem and flower. The botanical name stems from the Greek word "altho" which means "to cure".
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: No
- Seed Count: 25
- Days to Maturity: 50
- Plant Size: 36" - 60"
- Attracts pollinators
- Drought Tolerant
Leaves and flowers can be harvested at any point in the growing season. Harvest roots in the spring or fall after the plant is a few years old.
If starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.