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Chater's Double Hollyhock Seeds

Heirloom

#1099
3.3333333333333 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
One of the most popular hollyhocks of all time, 'Chater's Double' was named after the English horticulturist, Chater of Essex, who developed this variety in 1880s. Colors include golden-yellow, rose, maroon, salmon-pink, scarlet, and white. Flowers have a long bloom period and are edible! Fairly drought tolerant but performs best with ample moisture and rich soil. Hollyhock flowers are edible, but very bland; however, the large, colorful petals are lovely garnishing salads or desserts. (The flower's central disk, while edible, can be bitter.)
$1.89 500 mg (~44 seeds)

Botanical Name: Alcea rosea

Family: Malvaceae

Native: Origin unknown

Hardiness: Biennial, hardy in USDA zones 2–8

Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' tall

Variety Information: Golden-yellow, rose, maroon, salmon-pink, scarlet, and white 2"–4" peony-shaped, double flowers.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Attributes: Fairly Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, or 2 months before your average first fall frost date.

When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted in the ground.

Days to Emerge: 10–14 days

Seed Depth: Press into surface

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"

Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"

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Chater's Double Hollyhock Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Germinated only three seeds

2 out of 5 stars Jun 28, 2020
Of all the seeds in the packet, only three seeds germinated. Disappointed
Tina from SC
Owner Response: Dear Tina, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry you didn't have better germination with this popular hollyhock. We do submit our seeds for testing frequently with a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed both federal and our own standards. We are proud to guarantee our seeds and are always available to help. A customer service agent will be with your shortly to help.

Did not get double hollyhocks

3 out of 5 stars Jul 3, 2020
I started these hollyhock last year from seed. They produced very nice, strong seedlings and they grew all last year (2019), overwintered and this spring grew fast with large strong leaves and sending up multiple flower stalks. The problem was that when they bloomed, none were doubles as shown on the packet. I got one very pale yellow color and two white. Each color had about two outer rows of petals and long stamens with a lot of pollen, but only the white seemed to try to produce the full fluffy interior petals. The inner petals on the white ones were very few and just a few curly petals. A positive is that the bees are enjoying visiting the blooms and they plants are healthy. According to the picture on the packet, these should resemble small peony type blooms but did not. I love Botanical Interests seeds and will continue using your seeds, but for some reason this hollyhock just did not produce as described.
Joyce D'Agostino from CO
Owner Response: Hello Joyce, Thank you for making us aware of these unexpected results. A customer service agent will be with you shortly.

Beautiful!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 29, 2021
I started the seeds last year, packet was from 2018 though, have whites with green centers and a red. But there is a cranberry red that's double, the rest are not. But it is gorgeous! Definitely worth waiting for! Wish I could share a picture.
Carolyn from IA

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