Saturday, May 08, 2010

Repotting my Giant Malvarosa

I bought my little Malvarosa just over a month ago.   It's a lot younger than my mints or my petunias.  I haven't really pruned it though since I was waiting for it to grow bigger before I started experimenting.  Then yesterday, I just noticed how extremely oversized it was for its pot.  And so I moved it to a much bigger pot.  Yet, it still looks oversized.  Apparently, it grew a lot (almost doubled I think) right under my nose.   I didn't really do a lot with it.  It just grew with a little water and fertilizer now and then.

On the side, I've also been trying to propagate it.  I took one of the little stalks and I left it in water.  After a week, the stalk was still fresh, but there's no sign of any rooting.  It's like my hydrangea cutting that's been in water for almost a month: also fresh but devoid of roots.  Weird, huh?  I think for my Malvarosa, I'll let it adjust to the new pot for a week or so, then I'll give it a major pruning experience and see if I can grow stem cuttings in soil.


  1. I think these type of plants really do grow faster on itself and not really dependent on the amount of soil they're in as well as with them being watered. By the way, what kind of experimenting are you planning for that tree?

  2. Hi! What sort of plants do you keep in your garden?

  3. Anonymous6:14 PM

    hello, my name is ella. my auntie-in-law gave me malvarosa as a gift, i put it on the window seal, after 3 days my husband transfered it to a shaddy part of the garage, then it suddenly wilted and now its dying! help!

  4. Move it back to the sunny part of garden

  5. Anonymous1:13 PM

    Hi,I am on my 2nd and 3rd pot of malvarosa.The 1st wilted now the 2nd and 3rd looks like its also wilting.Can it be an indoor plant?I would like to use it as a mosquito repellant.The lady said it can be an indoor plant.Help I am confused.ann

  6. As far as I know, it requires full sun. It won't grow well as an indoor plant unless you have a very sunny window.

  7. Anonymous10:09 AM

    hi,i have been trying to propagate my malvarosa.i cut it after the 6th node but i would always end up with a dried ,rotted cutting.i placed it under the shade and would just spray it with water so as not to drown it.what am i doing wrong?help !

  8. I haven't successfully propagated a malvarosa either. I will try rooting a cutting next time with vermicompost.

  9. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Does anyone knows hows to propagate a malvarosa? i bought 5 trees and gusto ko sanng paramihin since napakalamok ngayon. Pls. help... tnx

  10. Anonymous10:33 PM

    the plants are quite fragile. avoid watering the leaves as they get heavy. water directly on the root areas. if the plant sags, do not panic. just put braces around it and it will be back to normal in a few days.


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