Approximately 100 Seeds
Towering stems rise above the hairy leaves from early summer bearing richly coloured, near-black, single flowers. They are a magnificent biennial or short-lived perennial and look great in a cottage garden setting.
SITE: full sun
FLOWERING MONTHS: June to September
SOW INDOORS: February to March or September to October
SOW DIRECT/OUTDOORS: May to July
CARE TIPS: Prevent rust with a Copper mixture
Fill a tray with compost and water it well to ensure that it is consistently moist. Sow seeds individually, spacing about an inch apart on the compost surface. When the tray is full, cover lightly with compost. spaced widely, the seeds can germinate and grow on for a few weeks before you prick them out. Place the tray in a warm spot to germinate. You don't need light at this stage. if you wish, cover seed trays with an empty compost bag – opened out – to keep in warmth and moisture and speed germination. If you do this, after about a week, check trays every morning and night for germination. Once this starts, remove the light-excluding plastic. Hollyhocks take 10-14 days to germinate and then another 3-4 weeks before they're ready for pricking out. If roots are showing at the base of the tray, they're ready to move on.