You certainly deserve the HOTD. Hi Jill, thanks for all you excellent information! So probably gonna do half now and half in the spring. Around May or June, sometimes earlier you will start to see your tiny baby hollyhocks emerge. congratulations! I had that happen with some sunflower seeds I planted two years ago. Hollyhocks are so lovely, but it is one plant I have never tried growing. If you plan to save the seeds and plant them later, you should definitely dry them. Voted up and congratulations on HOTD. Hollyhocks are a great cut flower and they will sure bring in the hummingbirds and butterflies. You'd need at least 300 yards (about 275 meters) between your plants to reduce the likelihood of cross-pollination. For standard hollyhocks, it might be best to germinate your seeds hydroponically and then transplant the seedlings outdoors. At this point, they are ready to harvest. For the best results, sow seeds in individual biodegradable containers. sleeps up to 14. The flowers are almost over and I had intended to save the seeds for next year as this was the only one that was this color. [2] In the neighborhood where I lived as a child, many hollyhocks bloomed in other gardens, but not in ours. It's not a variety we see much out here where I live, so it'll be a somewhat unique accent for the front garden. It was about 4 feet tall when the region was blessed with some drought-ending, truly heaven sent rainfall; the next thing I know, the 6 foot tall stalks are almost 2 inches wide. We never completely get rid of the rust but this method means that the load on the plant is not sufficient to kill it and they still flower spectacularly and our garden is teaming with wildlife as we avoid the use of toxic chemicals. I really did snag lots of pink hollyhock seed last fall--more than enough to share! I have to admit that after that i gave up , and decided hollyhocks would just not grow in Nottinghamshire and that they were obviously a Norfolk plant. :). You must have an ideal area for them. If you grow a group of smaller plants in front of them – penstemons, say – the legs of the hollyhocks will be masked and no one will be any the wiser. Hollyhocks can also be propagated by division. These are such gorgeous plants ---I am in town today so will look for some seeds. Sow hollyhock seeds in a cold frame or protected seedbed in the early summer. But glad to see I'll have this hub to refer to in the future. Hi Stephanie! Hollyhocks are biannuals and although some of them will go on flowering year after year , you will also lose some of them each year and so you need to have the next generation coming on to replace them. Still, we gardeners try. My 80 year old neighbor who grew up in this house confirmed that, yes, they had hollyhocks in the location of the new room. And your photos are gorgeous! FB and Tweeted. I should really dedicated it you! Thanks! Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 25, 2017: Hi Marie. You even see them growing out of the top of flint walls in Blakeney sometimes. --Jill. It's not growing as long as it seems to be in photos. Plant them at the back of a border as they can reach heights of 2m or more. As recommended previously, for good transplanting results, sow the seeds in individual pots so that transplanting causes less distress to the roots. Some have double flowers. But it is a gravel channel - will they grow in a mix of gravel and soil? Thanks for the wonderful article!! Hollyhock, Alcea rosea, is a half-hardy biennial prized for its colorful blooms, which appear on tall flower stalks in summer. Good luck to you. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on March 14, 2013: Hi Miss Mellie. useful hub for one to start sowing a garden and reaping a harvest of hollyhocks~. The flowers I saw were in many different colors, like pink, magenta, white, red. I'm starting hollyhocks in a new area of the yard this year. We collect seed every autumn from our hollyhocks in the cottage garden, so If you would like some free Blakeney hollyhock seed do leave us a comment below to let us know, and we will get in touch in the autumn when we next have some hollyhock seeds. Very nice and informative. That means they need a short season of growth, then cold weather, then warm weather, in order to bloom. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on February 08, 2018: Hi Laurie! What a great bit on nostalgia! Have a good one! Rust fungus forms little pustules on the underside of hollyhock basal leaves and often spreads from there up the stem. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 06, 2017: Thanks for reading, RHeafner, and thank you for your kind words. Next year! Be sure to remove as much chaff as you can. Well, but your hub has inspired me to plant a Hollyhock in my farmhouse :) Thank you! While in the sack, they'll dry out further. I want to get more into growing this year, I tried squash last year and failed miserably, I think to start with some flowers would be best for practice. Well, my husband deemed it his plant (garden envy), put a little protector fence around it, and let it grow. Be sure to transplant hollyhock plants into fertile, well-composted soil in a sunny location. Hollyhocks can be propagated by division as well as by seed. The resulting plants, however, probably won't blossom for another year. The seeds are incredibly tiny and very hard to get out. Thanks so much! Best, Jill. This fully double mix will bloom year after year. Every week I go around the hollyhocks and remove the worst affected leaves. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 06, 2017: https://www.amazon.com/Gibberellic-Acid-1G-High-Qu... very nice article. If you're planting now, in the fall, without saving/refrigerating your seeds, you shouldn't have to dry the matured seeds more. 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