Outhouse Hollyhock Seeds

#2048
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Once called "outhouse flowers", stunning hollyhocks were grown around outhouses because hollyhocks were tall enough to cover them, and also as a signal to guests where they were located. This hollyhock has a long bloom period, too! Fairly drought tolerant but performs best with ample moisture and rich soil; otherwise, practically care free.
$2.49 300 mg

Botanical Name: Alcea rosea and A. ficifolia.

Family: Malvaceae

Native: Origin unknown

Hardiness: Biennial, hardy in USDA zones 3–9

Plant Dimensions: 6'–9' tall

Variety Information: 2"–4", single, pink, red, burgundy, or white flowers, some with contrasting centers

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Fairly Drought Tolerant

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"

Harvesting: For longest-lasting cut flowers, harvest when 1/3 of the flowers on the stem have opened. Harvest in the morning; cut stem at an angle and immediately place in a bucket of warm water. Before placing in a vase, dip the stem end in boiling water for a minute, or sear it over a flame for 20 seconds; this will stop the flow of the milky sap so it does not clog the stem.

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