Outhouse Hollyhock Seeds

3.6666666666667 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
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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! 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.) Fairly drought tolerant but performs best with ample moisture and rich soil; otherwise, practically care free.
$2.69 300 mg (~22 seeds)

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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Outhouse Hollyhock Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Very beautiful and long lasting

5 out of 5 stars Jun 6, 2021
It's the first time I grew Hollyhock, in warm climate zone 10. I sew the seeds in early Jan and they started blooming in early May. The red, light pink, peach and white flowers are so beautiful and long lasting. There are many buds on each plant and they bloom gradually from the base to the top. It has been for one month the plants are still full of flowers and look very fresh. I sew some seeds in the small pots and they bloomed too, but short and small like Zinnia. Very surprised and happy experience. Reading internet about Hollyhock I was worry about rust fungus but my Hollyhock plants have no disease! I feed them some fertilizer (combined with disease control ingredients) and water them almost everyday. Thank you, Botanical Interests for this wonderful pack!
Thimy Ngo from CA

No germination

1 out of 5 stars Mar 18, 2022
No germination from these seeds. Very disappointed.
Michelle from NY
Owner Response: Hi Michelle, We are sorry you had difficulty germinating these seeds. A customer service agent will follow up by email to help. Our best tips for these seeds are to rub the seed lightly with sandpaper or nick the edge with a nail clipper (for reference this is on the back and interior of the packet). Light aids germination; press seed into soil surface/do not bury. These seeds are quite hard and will need to be sacrificed before sowing. We do not treat or scarify seeds as it reduces their storage life. Quality is very important to us and our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates meet federal and our own standards. We are happy to help troubleshoot growing issues so you can achieve the same excellent germination rates we see in testing. Happy gardening!

Old fashioned beauty

5 out of 5 stars Jun 18, 2022
I started these 2 years ago and they germinated beautifully! I planted them out and though it did take 2 full summers to see them bloom, I am in love with them! So many beautiful colors from yellow to salmon to deep purple and they tower 10 feet high! I absolutely love them!
Debbie from CA

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