Hollyhock, Arabian Nights (Alcea rosea var nigra), packet of 20 seeds, organic

$2.95

Family: Mallow (Malvaceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 9

Herbaceous perennial native to China, flowering from 5 to 7 feet tall. Planting hollyhocks is one of the easiest ways to add color and large, blowsy blossoms to your garden.  Direct seed in spring, or start indoors in pots and transplant out after frost. Place seed on the seedbed, cover with 1/4 inch of soil, tamp securely and keep warm and evenly moist until germination.  Plant prefers sun to part shade and mesic soils.  Root restriction is relished–they seem to do best when growing up next to a rock or in poor soil next to a curb.  They usually do not flower until the second year. Plant 1 to 2 feet apart.

20 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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    Iris Daire

    Do you ever sell plants so that might bloom the first year? Thank you.

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi, yes, for instance most of the Echinacea starts will flower in the first year. Our Angelica have been held over for another season and if spring planted will go right to flower. Valerian will flower, too. So many of them will! Richo

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    Admin Richo Cech

    Hollyhock, with your frilly frock,
    why won’t you grow in loam,
    why prefer the rock?
    I make your bed, a real soft home,
    and next thing I know, you start to roam!
    I’d like to situate you over in the back,
    you’re pretty tall, your flowers are big,
    but over there you’re sick and slack,
    then you volunteer like a fireman in the sidewalk crack!

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