Jill. Every week I go around the hollyhocks and remove the worst affected leaves. In fact, it's so easy that it's an ideal garden activity for children. Hollyhocks are considered a biennial, producing clumps of leaves the first year and then tall flower stalks the next year. I will picturesvwhen i get home. I also learned that the Hollyhock seeds need to be frosted, and that hollyhocks do not like competition. I'll bet you get some to germinate. Hollyhocks really aren't that much effort if you start them outdoors. Thank you. Great hub. Before refrigerating or freezing them, either place the seeds in small glass jars or place packets of seed in a large, sealable glass container. Reply. The first thing to understand is how to plant hollyhocks. Jill. Appreciate the positive feedback--in fact, I can't stop smiling. A volunteer hollyhock grew in my garden. Oh how lovely, Ingrid. Take care, Jill. Voted up and congratulations on HOTD. These new biennial ones are fairly rust resistant. Sounds like you're a green thumb! Leave any new flower spikes to come on as they will keep producing new flowers for at least another month. Nice job and congrats on Hub of the Day! Mar 7, 2016 - Explore Ilene Wight's board "hollyhock", followed by 164 people on Pinterest. I hope you have found this blog post useful and that it helps you grow hollyhocks from seed as we do at Gardeners Cottage in Blakeney. Thanks for this article which will help me keep it coming back! Drain the seeds on a sheet of paper for five to 10 minutes the following day. Hi moonlake! These babies are unlikely to flower until the following year. I have several plants of their cousins, the Rose of Sharon or altheas, perennials that we started from cuttings. Make sure to choose a sunny position where the ground is clear. In all probability, your plant will not produce flowers the first year if it's planted in spring. However, zones that have hard freezes will either need to treat the plants as annuals or provide protection for hollyhock in winter. From bud to bloom, hollyhock is a show stopper. Because hollyhock seeds are large and have fairly tough seed coats, soaking them in warm water or hot water prior to sowing increases the percentage of seed that germinates. I have two 12-foot specimens that grew from seeds a friend sent me, and I want to share them with my friends. Rust fungus forms little pustules on the underside of hollyhock basal leaves and often spreads from there up the stem. My grandmother use to grow hollyhock, I have not tried yet. Gardeners Cottage is a Large luxury dog friendly cottage with garden to rent in Blakeney on North Norfolk coast for holidays and short breaks. If there's one defining feature to describe the hollyhock, it's height. We collect the hollyhock seeds in September , October and November as that is when they set seed. If I were you, I'd buy a year-old plant first time, and try growing from seed later. I grew hollyhock from seed last year. Hollyhock seeds are large and flat. Because hollyhocks are tall, they are excellent plants for the back of a border or flowerbed. Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 09, 2013: How pretty these are. In winter, spring, or fall (when the hollyhocks are not blooming), loosen the ground around established plants. Planting Potted Plants in the Garden: Select a location in full sun with well-drained, moist soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. Answer: There's nothing to stop you! Do this if your seeds are old. I had that happen with some sunflower seeds I planted two years ago. Water the seeds using a fine hose spray attachment on a watering can or garden hose, until the ground is moist to a depth of 2 inches. If the pods are spread out on a flat surface in a warmish room for a few weeks, the seeds can easily be removed from the pods. 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. I'm happy; I'm waiting for the flowers to die so I can harvest some seed and plant all along the alley beside my house!! As when sowing hollyhock seed, be sure to choose a sunny, rich-soil location that's right for a tall, tall plant. My 80 year old neighbor who grew up in this house confirmed that, yes, they had hollyhocks in the location of the new room. Right in the middle of a path! All our hollyhock seeds collected last year have now gone, but we will have more this autumn. Malva plants (Malva spp.) Hollyhocks will live for several years and reward you with lots of flower if you look after them correctly. lol Good luck to you! All the best, Jill. Hollyhock leaves are … We only sell Non-GMO seed since 1896. retail stores help line: 1-800-665-6340. web orders and/or gardening help line: 1-855-625-4769; info@mckenzieseeds.com; My Account. I'm going to plant our hollyhocks along the fence tomorrow. The ones you planted previously may come up later, too. If you leave a comment in spring or summer the hollyhock seeds may have all gone as we will either have spread it around the cottage garden, or around Blakeney or given it away as we like to sow fresh hollyhock seed every year. Nice article. Seedlings usually appear in 10 to 14 days. Thanks for commenting & happy gardening! This is a great hub! Thanks! It would be best to do a fall planting for earlier blooms in the following growing season. A volunteer hollyhock came up - no idea from where. Hope you’re successful! The seeds are incredibly tiny and very hard to get out. So often people confuse biennials and annuals w/herbaceous perennials, not realizing that the plants are re-seeding themselves. Great hub! Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 22, 2013: carter06, thanks so much! The seeds inside the pod will be stuck together, so you'll have to break them apart as well. It's like a miracle, isn't it? When temperatures reach anywhere from 59–68°F, the seeds will germinate. In my experience, once you get them started (cross your fingers) they go, go, go for years. If you do an Internet search to find out where hollyhocks are hardy, you’ll find a … How far apart should they be? It's best to plant hollyhock seedlings outdoors when they're small, before they develop long taproots that don't transplant well. --Jill. Hollyhocks are susceptible to rust. Unlike snapdragon seeds, which are black and fine, hollyhock seeds are large and course. We just walked around them. Next year! And they don't transplant well, so be sure to sow them where you want them to grow.). Just found this comprehensive and so clearly explained hub & had to comment..I even think I with a green thumb could do this:) love hollyhocks! Sow hollyhock seeds in a cold frame or protected seedbed in the early summer. Voted up, useful and beautiful! For the best results, sow seeds in individual biodegradable containers. Water the seed regularly so that the ground stays moist. Have you noticed how much insects love to munch on them? --Jill, Hi Roberta. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 22, 2014: Hey, Sierra! Try a hot water treatment. 15 years later, they are growing like gangbusters from that first plant! This seed pod is probably ready to split open and harvest the seeds from. (Wish me luck!) In 2004 we bought Gardeners Cottage In Blakeney, and I decided that now I would grow my hollyhocks. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 25, 2017: Hi Marie. It's now taller than my house (somewhere around 15 feet, in my opinion), with big, beautiful flowers painted in the most gorgeous color of faded pink, like you'd find when looking at antiques. Add to basket. I j joined your rank of fans . In reading the comments I like the idea of getting a plant a year old to start~sweet. But now I want to replant them in any color. The HP messages usually go to my spam. I am glad to read your tips because I never knew about soaking the seeds. All the best, Jill. Hollyhocks will bloom all summer long , well into autumn and in a mild winter we have even still had a couple of flowers at Christmas. This is usually around early to mid September in Blakeney. They really are magnificent and will keep popping up new flowers right until the first frosts. Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on April 09, 2013: Just popping in again to say congratulations on your Hub of the Day! Bought all black seeds but everyone is pink what is my pronlem? So you'll have little trouble differentiating bits of stem, pod, and other chaff from them. interesting. About 18-21 months after you sewed your seeds your hollyhocks will have reached adult size and will reward you with beautiful tall spikes of hollyhock flowers. Hi Athlyn! Thus use of resistant varieties may not be a reliable method for control of hollyhock rust in all situations. I had a friend seed me some seeds and I did nothing to them just planted the seed in the garden when we put the vegetables in. You're going to have to bum some hollyhock seeds from all those folks you gave them to! Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 09, 2013: Beautiful Flowers! At harvest I had a stunning plant with robust lavender/ blue hollyhock flowers, Blessings to you farmer. Like zinnia seeds, hollyhock seeds are really easy to germinate, so they're good ones to try, even if you're not feeling lucky. Wonderfully put together hub. As a general rule, fresher seed is more likely to germinate than older seed, because the embryos in them are more likely to be alive. Gathering their seeds is a very smart idea, and nature's way of reproducing. The water softens the seed casing, breaking the dormancy of the embryo inside and encouraging germination. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 22, 2019: Oh no! sleeps up to 14. Allow harvested seed pods to dry in paper sacks for a few days. useful hub for one to start sowing a garden and reaping a harvest of hollyhocks~. I love that my beautiful hollyhock has such a intriguing (possible) story and has returned to its proper place! I didn't actually know then about the water treatment you talked about, so I just put the seeds in the ground as is with a little potting mix and watered them daily. Cover it lightly with soil, as the seed needs light in order to germinate. Then I waited until late August when the hollyhocks are setting seed and then collected some ripe seed from the hollyhocks growing outside the old Blakeney Cottage Company offices, which used to be about halfway up Blakeney high street ( they have since moved to a much larger office at the bottom of the high street on Blakeney Quay) I took my Hollyhock seed home and scattered it on the gravel on the sunny aspect of the cottage garden, and against the house, and I waited and waited. In his case, it was cardinal flower that began to grow throughout his garden after he'd "disturbed" the soil by rearranging plants. Thanks for the kind words. Hollyhock is fun and easy to grow for a brilliant summer show. They will grow in a more shady position, but they will always be leaning to the light, and you may need to stake them or tie them in to the wall. Seeds contain plant embryos that must be kept alive in order for them to germinate. Creeping Charlie can be confused with hollyhocks' young, new growth. It's always a good idea to hold a few seeds back and help nature along. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Life is waiting to happen under our feet! Prior to sowing, give hollyhock seeds a warm water treatment by soaking them in water that is approximately 113°F (45°C) for roughly 12 hours. I had several colors that I started from plants, but my DIL in another state with a similar climate gave me so seeds for yellow ones. Great Hub! This has inspired me. After reviewing this article, I may try again. How do you plant hollyhocks just from seeds, My husband is trying to grow them but they look so spindly any suggestions? They'd make sweet little decorations for place settings. It's best to start the seed in individual pots, as hollyhocks (even seedlings) can develop long taproots that don't transplant well. These stately beauties belong to the Mallow (Malvaceae) family, which includes an unbelievable 1500 different species out of which 27 genera are found throughout North America. --Jill, ExpectGreatThings--I've never heard of a hollyhock doll but would love to see one. Flowers are blue and … Thanks for writing a well-written and beautifully laid-out hub on how to grow these. I had a home 10 years ago and it had a hollyhock that grew at least 6 fee. I live in the harsh desert terrain along the southern Ca/Az border, zone 9b. Very useful and lovely photography! Overwintering Hollyhocks Indoors. Later, Jill. Having said this it can be done. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 30, 2016: I just now saw your comment! I just put them out. Thank you for this very useful article! an-rtist-- isn't the natural world amazing? 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. (Remember, hollyhocks are tall! Sending you many Angels this morning :) ps. As the flowers die, the petals fall. The flowers I saw were in many different colors, like pink, magenta, white, red. Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on August 12, 2020: I had to come back and reread your great article so I could restart some hollyhocks. I'm wondering if it can still survive from the stalk that's left in the ground. Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 09, 2013: Such a beautiful, professionally done hub with such gorgeous photos. My husband is so proud!! Thank you. Most hollyhocks are biennials, so the plants only last two seasons and then don't come back. Thanks for stopping by. Any that you manage to pot up and grow on can then be planted into borders later in the season or given away to friends. Every so often i would water where i had planted them, and I avoided planting any other plants there. I’ve tried to grow them from seed and failed miserably. Good to hear from you & thanks, Jill, Hi Giselle. Answer: I'm not sure how large your indoor hydroponic setup is or what variety of hollyhock you intend to grow. Could this be a hybrid that I won't be able to reseed? Hope you do a hub! In the late autumn when they have finished flowering give them a tidy up by removing any old flower spikes, and damaged or overly large leaves as this seems to help them go through winter and reducing the chance of them rotting. Creeping Charlie grows as a prostrate vine, spreading through gardens and yards. Hollyhocks are some of my favorite old fashioned flowers and bring to mind my grandmother's garden and the beautiful hollyhocks that she grew. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 06, 2017: Thanks for reading, RHeafner, and thank you for your kind words. Can't get them to germinate but still try every year. We have decided to let our much-loved large family holiday cottage in Blakeney. After transplanting seedlings into fertile soil in a sunny spot in the garden, keep the young plants moist. I continued to come to Norfolk every holiday as we had fallen in love with this beautiful county and every summer I marvelled at the wonderful hollyhocks that we saw everywhere we went. We also remove the large leaves around the base and the dead leaves that have dropped to the ground as this allows better air circulation which also helps to reduce the rust. Answer: Soaking increases the chances of successful germination, so doing so is a good idea. Best, Jill. Thanks. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 09, 2013: Hi skye2day! You have to be very patient with hollyhocks. Do you have to dry the seeds? Remove any wilted leaves to prevent the rust from spreading to other hollyhocks. Thanks for your kind words! Great hub, as always!! Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 06, 2017: https://www.amazon.com/Gibberellic-Acid-1G-High-Qu... very nice article. Although hollyhocks are a biennial, they often seem to be perennials as fallen seeds germinate and grow each year producing year after year of flowers. Each year, as it dropped seeds, we had more and more plants. Good luck to you! skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 09, 2013: farmer, Loved your hub dear one. Question: I intend to grow hollyhock against a short fence but that same fence and the neighbour's horrible van create shade in the area. Have a good one! Hope you do enjoy growing hollyhocks. Congrats on your Hub of the Day!!! And because it will have experienced bouts of winter cold—unlike spring-sown hollyhock—the plants will likely produce flowers in the first growing season. Short breaks available, Gardeners Cottage, Blakeney, North Norfolk Copyright 2013-2020, Blakeney Cottage website last updated 16/12/20. Rebecca, now's the time to plant 'em! Think of yourself as a bird or some other seed disseminator! We have found that the singles seed much better than the doubles. Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on April 09, 2013: @ ThelmaC-- Thank you, Miss Thelma! These flowers are very beautiful, perhaps I will try them out using your guide on how to grow them! Young hollyhock buds are tender and green, with a shape similar to their drying seed pods. Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on April 09, 2013: I love hollyhocks. New to this site and thrilled at the wealth of useful information. How can i get them to you? Answer: Hollyhocks do fine in full sun or partial shade (three to six hours of full sun per day). Hollyhocks come in a wide variety of colors: blue, pink, purple, red, white, yellow and even black. We find hollyhocks germinate very well if you just scatter the seeds on the surface of the ground where you wish them to germinate. See more ideas about hollyhock, planting flowers, hollyhocks flowers. Hollyhocks can be cut for bouquets and you can even add the petals to salads or crystallise for cake decorations. Good luck to you. Appreciate your comments & votes. That means they need a short season of growth, then cold weather, then warm weather, in order to bloom. If you then send us a stamped addressed envelope we will send you some of this years seeds for you to sow in your own garden. Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on February 22, 2013: Thanks for that info, Jill. I love hollyhock. In rows 6 inches apart, just press seeds into the soil. This is because hollyhocks produce a very deep tap root, which is what makes them so drought resistant and able to grow in crevices in between paving slabs. Really inspired me to try them at my new home in the countryside and love sweet pea so keen to try that too! Once you've collected all of the rooty stalks you intend to collect, immediately transplant them into your garden. You've done a very good job with this how-to hub. Members of this plant family have a distinctive look, so if you think that Hollyhocks remind you of Hibiscus (like I do), you’re not out of your mind. Semi-double and double flowers range in color from pinks, reds, white and yellow. 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. It won’t harm hollyhock seeds. Rust seems to prefer the big old leaves. I love hollyhocks, I guess because they bring back such wonderful memories of my grandmother’s farm. Here's how to sow your hollyhock seeds in the springtime. It took me a year to write this hub after you mentioned in an email that I should do it. The only difference is that the flowers will be doubles. That way, you can plant hollyhock seedlings in their containers outdoors without disturbing the roots at all. Hollyhocks normally re-seed themselves in the subsequent years, so all you need to care about … Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 02, 2017: What a wonderful story, Betty. Some have double flowers. Because of its height, hollyhock is perfect for the back of a bed or border. Hollyhock seeds are large and have fairly tough seed coats. Planting them in fall may also induce hollyhocks to bloom the first year. It's not growing as long as it seems to be in photos. If you would like some please leave a comment and we will get in get in touch when this years are ready. Congrats on your HOTD! You even see them growing out of the top of flint walls in Blakeney sometimes. This growing and maintenance guide will cover the following topics for this biennial: Hollyhock tends to grow true from seed, even hybrids like this double pink. Your article is very informative, thank you. Be sure to transplant hollyhock plants into fertile, well-composted soil in a sunny location. He feels terrible. Rushed for time? Reply. I've tried starting some from seed, but they didn't germinate. You have inspired me to get some in now! Thanks so much for sharing this information. Have a good one! Thank you so much for your advise. Just be patient! All the best! However, I personally didn't enjoy the look of the plant very much especially the leaves (although the flowers were stunning!). I plan to sow them indoors in a couple of weeks, so we’ll see if I have any results. Sorry you didn't like the foliage. I did my research and found that hollyhocks like tough conditions , and lots of sun and ideally like to be against a sunny warm wall as they are tall and this affords them shelter. Yes if you are very careful when you dig them up and make sure that you do not damage to deep tap root. I'm starting hollyhocks in a new area of the yard this year. In the late 1960s, botanists at the National Botanic Gardens in Lucknow, India found that soaking hollyhock seeds in hot water anywhere from 60–70°C for 30 minutes greatly improved their germination rate. Hi Stephanie! Also, you'll have to water it more. However, if the plant was destroyed before the seeds fully developed, they are less likely to be viable. Have a good one, Jill, GlimmerTwinFan--Yep, it's that time of year! Awesome hub with fantastic step by step how to! Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2017: Hollyhocks are lovely tall flowering plants. If you are planting pot grown hollyhock plants then plant them about 2 feet apart. The rains, snows, frosts, and thaws of autumn, winter, and spring are all the water treatment the seed needs to prep it for germination. Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on April 09, 2013: Great step by step instructions and beautiful pictures. And your photos are gorgeous! You must have an ideal area for them. Thank you! One to two weeks before the last frost date, scatter seeds where you want the hollyhocks to grow, preferably by a doorway, along a fence, or at the back of a flowerbed. I have no idea what color they will be (they were a gift from someone else's garden) but am hoping for black. Just outside of my husbands mancave (former back porch) this past winter, an interesting little plant popped up. Awesom, LeTotten! And they sure are pretty! Where to plant hollyhocks. If you look closely, you may be able to spot the outline of the seeds. Thanks for sharing this information. Zebrina has 2 inch white to lavender flowers with deep purple stripes pointing to a purple center. The world can always use one more beautiful flower. You may be able to gently dig up the spare ones, and either move them elsewhere or pot them up into pots and grow them on a bit. Hope your hollyhocks do well this year. This is a thorough, useful and very informative hub. 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