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Hollyhock (Alcea) – Majorette Mix

Alcea rosea

Hollyhocks are at their best when grown as a backdrop to a profuse summer border and given the shelter and support of a wall. They will stand sentinels to Delphiniums, Foxgloves, Zinnias, Rudbeckias and all the other dazzling bloom of the summer. They are attractive in mixed flower arrangements. The dwarf “Majorette” hollyhock blooms profusely in shades of pink, red, violet, white and yellow. An old-time favourite for background colour.

 * Attracts butterflies, birds and bees

Uses: Beds and borders, Screen

Perennial. Indicative height: 15 to 30 in.

 99.00

Description

Tips for Growing Hollyhock

Days to Germinate: 12 to 21

Germination Temperature: 16 to 21 °C

Sowing Media / Soil Type: Peaty

Sowing Depth: Surface

Sowing Method: Direct sow, transplant recommended

Water: Moderately depending upon the soil and climatic conditions – keep the soil moist but not too wet

Sun: Prefers full sun

Notes: Do not cover seeds or cover very lightly as light is needed for germination. Seed may require alternate freezing and thawing to break dormancy. They need fairly rich, well-drained soil and plenty of water in dry periods. Plant 18-36 in. apart in full sun. Feed heavily during the growing season. Short-lived, they are often treated as biennials. To promote longer life, remove flower stalks at the base as soon as the flower fade. Needs staking. Cut flower stalk to induce rebloom. Hollyhocks are subject to attack by red spider and rust. Can be sown in situ.

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