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 have inspired me to get some in now! I like gardening, but don't have the time or ambition to do something like this right now. But waiting two seasons requires a lot of patience. 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. 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. Conversely, older seeds are less likely to contain living embryos and are therefore less likely to sprout. All the best! For years, I've wanted to plant Hollyhocks, but never got around to it. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 30, 2016: I just now saw your comment! I live in the harsh desert terrain along the southern Ca/Az border, zone 9b. Thank you so much for your advise. In winter, spring, or fall (when the hollyhocks are not blooming), loosen the ground around established plants. Young hollyhocks do not cope well with competition. They were growing out of every conceivable crevice and crack in the pavement, and as a very keen cottage gardener, I wanted to be able to grow them in my own garden in Nottinghamshire. Cover it lightly with soil, as the seed needs light in order to germinate. ExpectGreatThings from Illinois on April 10, 2013: I just checked and there are tons of photos on Google images of hollyhock dolls. We collect the hollyhock seeds in September , October and November as that is when they set seed. 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. I had a home 10 years ago and it had a hollyhock that grew at least 6 fee. When they are fully grown adult hollyhocks are large plants and will cover about 1-2 foot spread with their leaves. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 22, 2014: Hey, Sierra! While in the sack, they'll dry out further. A hard rain hit, washing out that area a bit, and the seeds germinated after all. Thanks. Thanks for commenting! You can always thin them out again later, if they appear too crowded, and you may lose some of the young hollyhock seedlings, so its always useful to have spares. Great hub, as always!! Jill. Good luck to you. Try a hot water treatment. I have found that seeds from green pods dried this way have an astounding germination rate, even after several years of storage. Shared. All plants need water but fully grown hollyhocks have a very deep tap root and are able to survive in very dry and poor soil conditions such as down crevices and at the foot of walls in rain shadows. You even see them growing out of the top of flint walls in Blakeney sometimes. It would be best to do a fall planting for earlier blooms in the following growing season. 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. --Jill, Hi Roberta. Make sure the seeds are completely dry before storing them, as they have a tendency to mildew. Heidi, really appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by. I'll keep a lookout for your email. Seedlings usually appear in 10 to 14 days. It would be great to gather seeds from some of the beautiful double hollyhocks that you showed in your photos! Hollyhocks are considered a biennial, producing clumps of leaves the first year and then tall flower stalks the next year. Hollyhock, Alcea rosea, is a half-hardy biennial prized for its colorful blooms, which appear on tall flower stalks in summer. Most hollyhocks are biennials, so the plants only last two seasons and then don't come back. Hi Thelma! Informal places are just their style. Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 09, 2013: Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! Question: Can I transplant the Hollyhock seedling into a large pot not in the ground? If there's one defining feature to describe the hollyhock, it's height. Scatter the seeds thinly over the prepared soil, but don't cover them with soil because hollyhock seeds need light to sprout. 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. I must try your suggestions. Rebecca, now's the time to plant 'em! Flowers will put off a colorful display of deep crimson, light pink, rose, rosy red, yellow and white in pompon like blooms. 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. Giving hollyhock seeds a water treatment is a good idea if you're using store-bought seed or seed that you've collected, dried, and stored. Their tall spires look good grown against walls and fences and are stalwarts of cottage gardens. I remain hopeful. Nice to hear from you, Jill, Hi pinto2011--Awesome! Thanks for writing a well-written and beautifully laid-out hub on how to grow these. 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. Child and dog friendly. Young hollyhock buds are tender and green, with a shape similar to their drying seed pods. A storm broke my hollyhock steams off at the root they were in full bloom can I salvage the the seeds. For me here in MD, sowing them in the fall works best. Sorry to hear about your cat. All the best, Jill. If you want a specific colour of hollyhock flower then you wll need to buy either a pot grown plant or a named varierty of seeds. I think that's how you get to it. Hi Athlyn! The entire process, from sowing to transplanting seedlings, takes about nine weeks. very close to the surface. The mistake many novice hollyhock growers make … Hollyhocks are biennial by nature. I love hollyhocks, I guess because they bring back such wonderful memories of my grandmother’s farm. Hollyhock is a really useful and hardy self-seeding plant in a diverse polycultural garden that adds so much beauty too. Alcea 'Black Knight' seeds Hollyhock Perennial . Because they're dry, the pods easily break away from the plant. Pods form, dry, and begin to open. Up, Useful, and following this hub! Hi Stephanie! We have found that the singles seed much better than the doubles. It's not growing as long as it seems to be in photos. Always gone in winter, but back in spring and flowering in summer. A volunteer hollyhock grew in my garden. At this stage they are quite slow growing. Are you sure it's a hollyhock? Because of its height, hollyhock is perfect for the back of a bed or border. Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 09, 2013: Absolutely gorgeous photos! But it is a gravel channel - will they grow in a mix of gravel and soil? lol Good luck to you! Presentation's everything, huh? @ Suzie HQ--If you grow sweet peas, hollyhocks would be just the thing to set out, too--another sweet cottage flower. I planted hollyhocks from seed in the ground and most of them have grown into beautiful, leafy stalks. Fingers crossed for that future row of giant hollyhocks! Hollyhocks can also be propagated by division. I just put them out. Alcea 'Creme de Cassis' Hollyhock Perennial. Still, we gardeners try. Just outside of my husbands mancave (former back porch) this past winter, an interesting little plant popped up. You must have an ideal area for them. Loved your pictures! And they don't transplant well, so be sure to sow them where you want them to grow.). I collected seeds each season, and brought them with us when we moved to a different home. Check out Gardenweb.com for more help. Hollyhocks come in a wide variety of colors: blue, pink, purple, red, white, yellow and even black. I am not to the stage of growing much from seed, but hopefully that will change. The water treatment is a great idea I will try this year. Nice article. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 07, 2015: Good luck to you, Dave! I remember my mother telling me that people with outhouses used to often use them to decorate the outsides of those buildings. Rust fungus forms little pustules on the underside of hollyhock basal leaves and often spreads from there up the stem. Thank you. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Rust is a red coloured mold that grows on hollyhock leaves in the summer months and can be quite unsightly and if left completely unchecked may weaken the plant. Hollyhock seeds sown in the fall will produce flowers the following summer, while hollyhock seeds sown in the spring will produce flowers the following year during the summer. ... Hollyhock seeds need light to germinate, which makes it tough sometimes because they can get blown or washed away if you have the flats outside (which is probably what happened to mine). Both plants need tinkering to be at their best. Hope you’re successful! 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 are easy to grow and their blooms come in a wide range of jewel colours, flowering from early summer to autumn. My husband was very sceptical as to whether we had the right conditions as there were none growing in the cottage garden at the time we purchased the house and none in the neighbour's gardens even though we are just off Blakeney high street on Coronation lane. Great hub. My husband is so proud!! A teaspoon of powdered milk wrapped in Kleenex or a paper towel will do the same. --Jill. Mar 7, 2016 - Explore Ilene Wight's board "hollyhock", followed by 164 people on Pinterest. Of course, I had wondered about the little plant, because it did have big pumpkin-like leaves... but then, it wasn't a vine, it had a bunch of long stemmed leaves, but that was about it. Hollyhocks are a great cut flower and they will sure bring in the hummingbirds and butterflies. We do not use fungicides, herbicides or insecticides at Gardeners Cottage as we like to look after our wildlife so we have come up with our own solution for dealing with the rust. I’ve bought some plants to try again this year. Sun preferred like all Hollyhocks ~15 seeds £2.50. A lovely, white with cream center 12 1/2 feet tall! Reading online that these seeds can remain viable for years if deep and dark in the soil, I wondered if the excavation for my new garden room addition had unearthed a dormant seed. My grandmother use to grow hollyhock, I have not tried yet. That way, you can plant hollyhock seedlings in their containers outdoors without disturbing the roots at all. Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on April 09, 2013: I love hollyhocks. Alternatively spread the seed onto the ground where you wish them to germinate. Congrats on your HOTD! But they're so big & beautiful, the damage is hardly noticeable. You just have to water them well until established and accept you may lose a few. The first time I paid attention to the seed pod I thought it resembled an old coin purse with the string at the top to draw it closed. Adding a packet of silica gel to the container—like the desiccating packets found in new leather shoes and purses—will absorb any residual dampness in the seed and prevent it from molding. Jill. 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. Thanks for sharing this beautiful (photos are awesome) hub..Cheers. The first thing to understand is how to plant hollyhocks. I'm sure your hollyhocks will do well. You're going to have to bum some hollyhock seeds from all those folks you gave them to! Great hub! Get Your Preferred Seeds. I also learned that the Hollyhock seeds need to be frosted, and that hollyhocks do not like competition. They are really cute! Love hollyhock. Having said this it can be done. or later after roots have formed? Jill. Standard hollyhocks are huge plants in maturity, bushing out at least two feet at the base and setting stalks of blooms six feet tall or more. Good upright form with black flowers on stems up to 5' One of our favourites. You'd need at least 300 yards (about 275 meters) between your plants to reduce the likelihood of cross-pollination. Have a good one! At this point, they are ready to harvest. It's tough (make that impossible) to control nature, isn't it? Add to basket. I love hollyhocks, but I haven`t grown them for a few years as I kept having a rust problem with them that destroyed the leaves and made the plants look awful. An excellent variety for backgrounds, screens and tall accent groups. Thanks for sharing..I always love stopping by as I know you have great ideas and helpful hints for me to know. 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. Now it is time to thin them out and just leave the largest healthiest ones. I'm looking forward to seeing them bloom next year. If I were you, I'd buy a year-old plant first time, and try growing from seed later. (See directions for harvesting and saving hollyhock seed below.). Thank you. Great hub! And don’t worry about the cold. But glad to see I'll have this hub to refer to in the future. Thanks for this article which will help me keep it coming back! They do love to self seed, but you have done a very nice job of showing people how to save Hollyhock seeds for transplanting next year, which will offer more control of where they end up. I love hollyhock. My hollyhock story, summer 2017. Take care, Jill, Hi SavingKathy! Be careful not to weed out your tiny baby hollyhocks. In fact, it's so easy that it's an ideal garden activity for children. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on February 04, 2018: Yay! Well, but your hub has inspired me to plant a Hollyhock in my farmhouse :) Thank you! If you look closely, you may be able to spot the outline of the seeds. BC, Canada on April 09, 2013: Congrats on HOTD. If you have received a pack we wish you every success in growing them and would love to hear how you get on. Supposedly plants from hollyhock seeds are true to color and type, although growing hollyhocks the way I do… letting them reseed themselves and saving and planting seed… has resulted in a continually changing array of flower colors. 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. The HP messages usually go to my spam. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 06, 2017: https://www.amazon.com/Gibberellic-Acid-1G-High-Qu... very nice article. Answer: Hollyhocks planted in the spring will bloom the second year, not the first. To collect and store the seeds, you'll need: Allow the Flowers to Go to Seed Before Harvesting. This year I thought nature wouldn't mind if I took a couple of seed pods - I shall be planting immediately (18 Sept 2017). Congrats on the HOTD award. 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. Creeping Charlie grows as a prostrate vine, spreading through gardens and yards. Do this if your seeds are old. We may get a late crop of seed as we have some hollyhocks that are flowering now, so if you would like to go on waiting list please comment below. Question: I’ve already mulched my flower bed and just remembered I have hollyhock seeds I saved. Looks like next year I'll have some dark hollyhocks blooming in my cottage garden! Yes if you are very careful when you dig them up and make sure that you do not damage to deep tap root. Jill, Good luck to you, Dolores! Up all the way and shared. Thank you for the thorough detail! Thus use of resistant varieties may not be a reliable method for control of hollyhock rust in all situations. In spring when the soil warms, the seed will sprout. Thanks for the motivation to try these this year. My result was unsuccessful. Very nice and informative. Once the plant has become established it is very difficult to transplant them without killing them in our experience. Bought all black seeds but everyone is pink what is my pronlem? I have two 12-foot specimens that grew from seeds a friend sent me, and I want to share them with my friends. Have you noticed how much insects love to munch on them? Best, Jill. Will the hollyhocks be okay? Question: I haven't had luck starting hollyhock from seeds, can I start hollyhock seeds inside hydroponically? Hollyhocks are well loved for their tall spires of multiple flowers. They are very reliable flowerers. I should really dedicated it you! All the votes and pinned to my gardening! When you seedlings begin to appear you may find you have more than you want. I would especially like some with double blooms. Spring and fall are the best times to start the wonderful hollyhock (Alcea rosea) from seed. Moreover, the holding stalks range from 6 to 9 feet. I’ve just been waiting for the freezing weather to go away, and then the rain started so now I’m waiting for a dry day. Answer: Do move the mulch but wait until you have sturdy seedlings before mulching around the plants. Shared and pinned. Soak seeds in the gibberellic acid solution overnight and then plant. Best of luck, Jill. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on February 22, 2013: Hey Glimmer Twin Fan! Truly, well deserved. These flowers are very beautiful, perhaps I will try them out using your guide on how to grow them! Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs. They are a beautiful flower in Gods creation. However, I personally didn't enjoy the look of the plant very much especially the leaves (although the flowers were stunning!). 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. Shipping category 1. When they are young seedlings they will need a good watering about once a week, if there are not getting any rain. Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on February 22, 2013: Thanks for that info, Jill. Hm, might try placing some Sweet Peas in front of 'em too, as you suggest. It's nice to see a bit of green early! Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 22, 2013: I love hollyhocks but have not been successful with them. We will be starting to collect hollyhock seed this week. Awesome hub with fantastic step by step how to! Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 22, 2019: Oh no! t I had no idea what I had. --Jill. Thanks for mentioning this, ExpectGreatThings! Hollyhock seeds are large and flat. resemble miniature hollyhocks with similarly shaped flowers and foliage that look like small hollyhock leaves. I think there are some varieties with prettier, thinner leaves. Michael and Cecil Cates on August 11, 2020: The information you have seems to be very helpful. We have decided to let our much-loved large family holiday cottage in Blakeney. Do you have any suggestions for avoiding rust with hollyhocks? If possible, sow hollyhock seed in biodegradable containers, such as peat pots, newsprint pots, or paper towel and toilet tissue rolls (cut into 3-inch lengths). Place the individual seeds flat on the paper towels, removing the chaff with your fingers or with tweezers. --Jill. I love Hollyhocks and wish I had room for more, but must keep it to a small areas. If you plan to save the seeds and plant them later, you should definitely dry them. Now that our cat is no longer with us I am adding more flowers that birds love. They are also traditionally grown along fences, by gates, and next to doorways. :). only live for 2 years ) but this is misleading as they will live quite happily and flower for many years. I have grown hollyhocks from seed, but mostly I've let them sow themselves, though you do lose control of what might come up next year. The seeds are incredibly tiny and very hard to get out. So you'll have little trouble differentiating bits of stem, pod, and other chaff from them. Rushed for time? Mary from Cronulla NSW on August 22, 2013: It's no wonder this stella hub won HOTD! No, I don't think nature would mind so long as you left some pods on the stems. Thus, consider your color preferences as well as your space and height needs before opting for seeds. The ones you planted previously may come up later, too. Voted up and congratulations on HOTD. Pinning to my Gardening: Flowers and Birds. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 09, 2013: I have not hadhuge success in grwoing plants from seeds but this sounds like something I can do. Question: The seeds have been in storage and are dry, do I need to soak them before I put them in biodegradable seed pots? I have a vegetable garden in my yard, on the other side of the house, and I grew pumpkin last year, so, when it appeared out of nowhere, my husband asked if I had dropped any pumpkin seeds (as the young hollyhock leaves closely resemble the leaves on the pumpkin plants). It is my first time planting. After a few weeks, when their roots are established, the hollyhock plants will need little care. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 10, 2013: Oh, I see! Good to hear from you & thanks, Jill, Hi Giselle. It won’t harm hollyhock seeds. Should I move the mulch then scatter and mulch over? The world can always use one more beautiful flower. These babies are unlikely to flower until the following year. Answer: Hollyhock does cross-pollinate. Around May or June, sometimes earlier you will start to see your tiny baby hollyhocks emerge. Any suggestions? Sending you many Angels this morning :) ps. Curiously, some seeds I planted last year did not germinate but are coming up this spring. That means they need a short season of growth, then cold weather, then warm weather, in order to bloom. So I saved seeds in a Tupperware container from a neighbors plants last fall, but just now read that they should have been stored in the freezer. 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. We have now posted or given away all our current batch of hollyhocks seeds for this year. 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. I love this hub and it's perfect timing with everything warming up. I have several plants of their cousins, the Rose of Sharon or altheas, perennials that we started from cuttings. Tall, upright stems carry large, crinkle-petalled flowers in white or shades of pink, cream, apricot or dark dusky red, alternating with rough-textured leaves. We find hollyhocks germinate very well if you just scatter the seeds on the surface of the ground where you wish them to germinate. I wish you lots of success with your seeds. If they aren't, the water method would probably work just as well. I plan to sow them indoors in a couple of weeks, so we’ll see if I have any results. Your article is very informative, thank you. Malva plants (Malva spp.) Hi embarrett91 -- Luckily, seeds don't cost much, so you can always experiment, and flowers are lots of fun to grow. I'm going to plant our hollyhocks along the fence tomorrow. Be sure to transplant hollyhock plants into fertile, well-composted soil in a sunny location. The hollyhock seed pod starts off green and then turns brown, like the above picture illustrates. You certainly deserve the HOTD. skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 09, 2013: farmer, Loved your hub dear one. Thank you for this very useful article! Rust seems to prefer the big old leaves. At this stage you will need to give them a good water about once a week if it is dry. New to this site and thrilled at the wealth of useful information. When this happens remove the dead plant and either compost or burn it. It also stimulates new leaf growth and the new leaves seem to be less vulnerable to rust. If you are thinning out hollyhock seedlings, that have grown from seed in the planting position, I would leave about 10-12 inches between each one and its neighbour. Thanks, Kathy! This fully double mix will bloom year after year. Thanks! The seeds inside the pod will be stuck together, so you'll have to break them apart as well. Overwintering Hollyhocks Indoors. Awesom, LeTotten! Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 10, 2018: You're welcome, Sianni! If you're planting now, in the fall, without saving/refrigerating your seeds, you shouldn't have to dry the matured seeds more. Best to you! If the pods are mature, yes, you can salvage the seeds. How can i get them to you? Planting them in fall may also induce hollyhocks to bloom the first year. Best, Jill. Dividing is definitely the easiest--or should I say it provides the quickest, most visible results. We just walked around them. 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. Thank u for great info! What do I do with them this fall? Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on April 09, 2013: This is a very interesting process. Welcome to McKenzie Seeds, located in Brandon, Manitoba. 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. Although some gardeners recommend biodegradable egg cartons or even eggshell halves, they probably aren't deep enough to give hollyhock seedlings a good start. Thanks for the kind words. If you do an Internet search to find out where hollyhocks are hardy, you’ll find a … Come spring you may want to tidy up the old seeds heads and scatter the seed in the area you wish them to germinate, Water the area where you have sown the seeds occaisonly and keep it free of weeds. Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 09, 2013: Beautiful, and very well detailed! [2] In the neighborhood where I lived as a child, many hollyhocks bloomed in other gardens, but not in ours. They often stick together in the pod and should be separated to facilitate drying. And yet the most natural thing in the world. I reminded him of exactly how much compost, etc it took to amend the ground where my garden is planted, so I doubted any vegetable seeds would survive in that desolate area beside the alley. Very useful and lovely photography! 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. Take care, Jill. As the flowers die, the petals fall. Voted up, useful and beautiful! Do you have to dry the seeds? Gathering their seeds is a very smart idea, and nature's way of reproducing. Hi moonlake! The area where it sprouted abuts the alley and it's the most dry, crusty, inhospitable dirt you can imagine; weeds barely grow along that strip of dirt, so you can imagine my surprise when the little "not a weed" plant popped up. Seed and sowed it as per the instructions and still was not successful updated 16/12/20 it coming back be. 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