Hollyhocks are real sun worshippers. They should be planted in full sun. The soil should be kept slightly damp. It's best to give them extra water during dry periods.
|Latin name:||Alcea rosea|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bare-rooted plant|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||July - August|
|Growing Height:||160 - 200 cm|
|Planting distance:||30 - 40 cm|
Hollyhock Alcea rosea is a real sun worshipper! A spot close to a sunny south facing wall or fence is ideal for this romantic, summer flowering plant. Well-drained, sandy soil will be perfect. Don’t forget to fertilise and don’t let the plants dry out. Recommended spacing for the young plants is approx. 50 cm apart.
Hollyhocks and climbing roses
Hollyhocks combine very well with other plants. Climbing roses grown alongside hollyhocks make a great partnership. Both varieties have the same requirements and blend together perfectly. Lavender in the vicinity also works well.
The plants you receive from us will flower during the same year. The hollyhock is usually grown as a biennial which means that the plant dies after flowering. When the plant turns to a brownish colour in autumn, you can cut down the whole plant.
Self seeding hollyhocks
The seed pods are very decorative, leave them to ripen on the plant and they will easily self-seed. Or if you want to grow the hollyhocks in a different area, when the pods are dry collect the seed and store in a brown bag until they can be sown in June in a shady spot. In September, choose the best place in your garden for planting out. Protect from a severe frost in winter with a layer of fallen. The plants will bloom the following year from June to July. The flower colours are always a surprise!
The large flowers of our Hollyhocks are double. You'll receive a mixture of plants with different flower colours, ranging from red, yellow, dark pink, light pink to white. The tall, sturdy flower spikes of Hollyhock provide a strong, vertical accent in your garden. Its shape combines very nicely with the more flat shape of the pink coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) or the airy inflorescence of rue (Thalictrum Rochebrunianum).