Sow Hollyhocks for an abundance of malva spires early Summer.
Hollyhocks often considered bi annual since they take a second growing season to send up a flower stem, can be tricked into flowering ahead of schedule by sowing in early Summer.
Growing on plants through fall to winter and then dormancy signals the hollyhock to flower next year.
Popular with Hummingbirds and Butterflies the single flowered Alcea are best grown for attracting pollinators.
Grow Hollyhocks in full sun where free draining soil does not dry out completely, irrigate during dry spells for best performance and disease free plants.
Old fashioned garden perennials often make a comeback and the Hollyhock is no exception.
Often seen as a carnival of mixed colors, modern day gardeners are choosing a more select pallet and choosing the vibrant long flowering parade of colors for subtle blends and contrast.
Easy to grow from seed the plants will benefit from a rich growing medium best grown as tall border short lived garden perennial.
Parent plants will readily set seed and cross-pollination is likely resulting in some colorful variations after a number of years.
I have been growing these proud 5ft+ hollyhocks for many years and have a range of single flower colors for sale.
Choose my unique colorful mix of 25+ seeds from my homegrown European collection of pastel shades to a vibrant color palette long flowering malva.
Carnival Mix 2021/22 fresh seed.