I appreciate them very much! I know they will not bloom this year. In his case, it was cardinal flower that began to grow throughout his garden after he'd "disturbed" the soil by rearranging plants. 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. It will, however, put on a beautiful show during year two. 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. Thank you so much for your advise. Thanks for this article which will help me keep it coming back! My daughter introduced me to Hollyhock initially. 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). It's best to start the seed in individual pots, as hollyhocks (even seedlings) can develop long taproots that don't transplant well. A volunteer hollyhock grew in my garden. However, I personally didn't enjoy the look of the plant very much especially the leaves (although the flowers were stunning!). A hard rain hit, washing out that area a bit, and the seeds germinated after all. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It's like a miracle, isn't it? To start hollyhock seed indoors in the spring, begin in late winter, about nine weeks before the last predicted spring frost in your area. Great hub, as always!! The seeds are incredibly tiny and very hard to get out. Hm, might try placing some Sweet Peas in front of 'em too, as you suggest. Start them inside about mid-March. Sow the seed in seed-starting mix with a little sand mixed in. All the best, Jill. Any suggestions? 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!! Jill Spencer (author) from United States on February 22, 2013: Hey Glimmer Twin Fan! Try a hot water treatment. The beauty of this plant seems like it would make it well worth all the effort. In winter, spring, or fall (when the hollyhocks are not blooming), loosen the ground around established plants. 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. They bloom the following year, unless brutal winter weather kills them. Wish me luck!!! If you want the plants to self seed allow a few spent blooms to go to seed. Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on April 09, 2013: I love hollyhocks. FB and Tweeted. Take care, Jill. 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. Because hollyhocks are tall, they are excellent plants for the back of a border or flowerbed. Be sure to amend the soil with compost! Voted up and congratulations on HOTD. If they aren't, the water method would probably work just as well. Be sure to remove as much chaff as you can. The world can always use one more beautiful flower. (As noted above, hollyhock seeds need light in order to germinate.). Hollyhocks can be propagated by division as well as by seed. Nice job and congrats on Hub of the Day! I should really dedicated it you! Very nice and informative. Young hollyhock buds are tender and green, with a shape similar to their drying seed pods. I did have success from plants transplanted from my aunt’s farm, and they reseeded themselves for several years. To collect and store the seeds, you'll need: Allow the Flowers to Go to Seed Before Harvesting. Thanks for sharing..I always love stopping by as I know you have great ideas and helpful hints for me to know. But glad to see I'll have this hub to refer to in the future. I'll take a look, too, ExpectGreatThings. They'd make sweet little decorations for place settings. Dividing is definitely the easiest--or should I say it provides the quickest, most visible results. For me here in MD, sowing them in the fall works best. Bought all black seeds but everyone is pink what is my pronlem? Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on February 22, 2013: Thanks for that info, Jill. Dunno if this really answers your question, and unfortunatley I don't grow hollyhocks so I … Best, Jill. Thanks so much! I like gardening, but don't have the time or ambition to do something like this right now. I'm going to plant our hollyhocks along the fence tomorrow. Things can actually self-seed into shredded bark on top of landscape fabric or cardboard, btw -- they just grow their roots down *through* the landscape fabric or the rotting cardboard. Truly, well deserved. You have inspired me to get some in now! Thanks for sharing the article! Can someone tell me where to find gibberillic acid? --Jill, All your advise were so very helpful regarding hollyhock plants. The seeds can certainly be used to raise new plants, although the new plants won't necessarily be the same colour as the parents. Tie them to a stake such as a bamboo cane, in exposed or windy gardens. Hollyhocks originated in Asia and the area around the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Pods form, dry, and begin to open. What do I do with them this fall? Best, Jill. But now I want to replant them in any color. They received no significant care and were always beautiful. After reviewing this article, I may try again. Maybe I'll have to give them a try again this year! All the votes and pinned to my gardening! Congrats on your HOTD! Thank you for your help. Hollyhocks begin as a low rosette of floppy, slightly fuzzy leaves. Watch out for this and dig some up and put them further back out of the limelight to get a balanced sweep. Should I move the mulch then scatter and mulch over? Also, you'll have to water it more. With our mini ice storm going on right now this is a lovely break. It's best to plant hollyhock seedlings outdoors when they're small, before they develop long taproots that don't transplant well. 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. If I were you, I'd buy a year-old plant first time, and try growing from seed later. I am not to the stage of growing much from seed, but hopefully that will change. Then gently pull stalks out of the ground—retaining their long roots—and place them in a bucket of water. Sometimes it is rather ugly, but then ... hollyhocks are back-of-the-bed plants. 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. The water softens the seed casing, breaking the dormancy of the embryo inside and encouraging germination. All the best, Jill. Although short-lived, hollyhocks easily self-seed and can establish colonies in the garden that persist for years as if they were perennials. Then gently pull stalks out of the ground—retaining their long roots—and place them in a bucket of water. And yet the most natural thing in the world. They are tall growing plants, usually reaching between 5 and 6 feet high. You've done a very good job with this how-to hub. Do I leave the tops or cut them back? Hope you do a hub! Wonderfully put together hub. Soak seeds in the gibberellic acid solution overnight and then plant. Hi Jill, thanks for all you excellent information! After a few weeks, when their roots are established, the hollyhock plants will need little care. Spring is unlikely to bloom the following year check the date on the plant retain moisture, are. 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