Sow Double Hollyhocks direct in fall or start indoors a few weeks prior to late frost date in your area.
Hollyhocks are often considered bi annual since they take a second growing season to send up a flower stem, they can be tricked into flowering ahead of schedule by sowing in late Summer or early fall.
Growing on plants through fall to winter and then dormancy signals the hollyhock to flower the following Summer.
Plant Double and Single flowered Hollyhocks as single flowers are more Popular with Hummingbirds and Butterflies the single flowered Alcea are best grown for attracting pollinators but the double is so delightful and they grow together happily.
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, if grown in ideal growing conditions they can return for many years. Cold winters and wet waterlooged soil is often the cause of their demise as the roots perish if exposed to frozen ground for prolonged peroids.
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 20+ seeds from my homegrown European collection of double pastel shades to a vibrant color palette long flowering Malva.
PA grown parent plants seasonally available in Carnival Mix 2019/2020 fresh seed.
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