Pruning Bush Mallow - Knowledgebase Question

Morris, IL
Question by lbstnk
January 10, 2000
I have a shrub-like mallow that appears to be weak branched, and I'm wondering if I should prune it to the ground in early spring like I do my Russian sage. Last year it bloomed well and the foliage lasted well into winter, even in my dry, sandy, soil. Any more info on care and pruning would be appreciated.


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Answer from NGA
January 10, 2000

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Bush mallows should be trimmed after their first bloom to encourage rebloom through the summer. At the end of the growing season, cut them down to the ground, but take care not to damage the crown. Also, they grow best with average to poor fertility, so don't fertilize more than once a year. Hope this helps!

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