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Hollyhock 'Spring Celebrities Mixed' (Annual)

Alcea rosea annua, Althaea rosea

Hardy Annual

A completely new dimension in annual flowering Hollyhocks, these unique, bushy, dwarf plants produce stout stems which become clothed in beautiful, anemone-centred, frilly blooms, in a surprising array of colours. Ideal for planting in the middle of borders, or in large containers for an impressive patio feature.

Culinary note: try crystallising the flowers for a tasty cake decoration, or use them to make a delicately flavoured syrup to use with puddings. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
patio, cottage gardens
Flowering Period:
July, August, September
Sowing Months:
January, February, March, July, August
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (20 hollyhock seeds)

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    • Despatch: Despatch by Monday
    • £1.49
Sow seeds onto the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed compost. Cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag at a temperature of 15-20C (59-68F) until after germination which usually takes 14-21 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination.Alternatively, sow in late summer in a cool greenhouse and then overwinter plants in cool, well-lit conditions. Plant out the following spring. This method produces larger plants and is recommended if the soil is heavy or badly drained.

Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm (3in) pots. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost 45cm (18in) apart.

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