Hollyhock growers - help!

squirrelspur(6B/7A NC)August 11, 2012

This year I've had the worst luck w/hollyhocks. I had a nice plant that was about to bloom - had full buds - and then died before blooming.

Any advice on growing, varieties to grow...I love these old-fashioned flowers.


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I tried them for a couple of years. They grew very tall and attractive but they were Very suseptable to rust. Perhaps multiple sprayings of fungasides would have helped but I doubt it. It is just so humid here. And then there is the wind and heavy rain on the lush growth. Unless you stake every plant with secure strong stakes, they will get knocked down.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 7:40AM
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squirrelspur(6B/7A NC)

Thanks Chas. I think mine did better when we had a drought.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 6:59AM
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There are some perennial forms that seem pretty resistant to rust and leaf miners but they only come in pale yellow or very pale pink. They also get very big and kinda dominate whatever flowerbed you put them in. Locally I have only seen them for sale at Plant Delights in Raleigh.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 9:39AM
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squirrelspur(6B/7A NC)

TJ - good lead, TY. I found some seeds online (rugosa) and will try to find them a lot of space.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 6:41AM
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