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Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea), with their predominant stems of brightly coloured, double blooms, stand tall amongst the rest of the garden from spring to summer. They can grow up to a whopping 2 metres in height and are ideal as an annual decorative backdrop along sunny walls and fences.


How to grow hollyhock in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well.
  2. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  3. While the seedlings are growing, choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  4. Allow the seedlings to grow to at least 5-7 cm before transplanting.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 30-40cm apart. Water in well.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw.
  7. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

     
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How to grow hollyhock in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 400mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Sow seeds directly into the prepared pot. 
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Yates varieties

Hollyhock Double Elegance

These towering stately stems of gorgeous, brightly coloured, velvety double blooms make an ideal decorative backdrop along sunny walls and fences.


Growing tips

  • Plants in exposed positions may require staking for support, ensure stakes are placed in position at planting time to avoid any root disturbances of the mature plants.
  • Remove spent flowers to encourage further blooms.
  • Water at the base of the plant to avoid fungal diseases.

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