What's wrong with my hollyhocks?

northspruce(z3a MB CDA)July 31, 2011

This is my third try growing hollyhocks from seed. Every time, they sprout nicely, grow to about 15 leaves, then when I plant them they sit there doing nothing. The second spring they don't come back.

Is there something I'm not doing for them? Maybe they don't like being transplanted?

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freezengirl(3aMN and 5AK)

Hollyhocks really hate being transplanted. If you get them when they first come up as tiny sprouts they transplant better because they have a very long taproot. Are these the single or double hollyhocks?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 9:46PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Well these were started indoors in pots and planted out at a fairly large seedling stage. They honestly just sit there, neither dying nor growing, until the winter and they're never seen again.

They are single yellow ones that my Grandpa used to grow. The seed was old but germinated well.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 11:13PM
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beegood_gw

I usually just let the hollyhocks seed out and have all kinds coming up the next year. I have one of those single yellow ones which I call The hollyhock from Hell. It is at least 6ft tall and 4-5 ft around. The place I bought it from said it came from Eastern Europe somewhere.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 11:14AM
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ljpother(3a)

My hollyhocks self seed. I regularly move them from where they sprout. Generally speaking, they survive but need an extra year to flower. Mine do overwinter; they could be hardier because they self seeded.

I do try to keep some dirt on the root. However, I just try to be quick.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 11:45AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

But, but... I don't have any to self-seed! They came from my old house. *sob* I have the last 3 seedlings growing - err not growing - outside right now so if these fail, I'm not trying again.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 5:20PM
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beegood_gw

Well if you want seeds from that yellow one you are more than welcome.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 6:19PM
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beegood_gw

Here are a couple pix of it.Looks like I will have tons of seeds to give away..

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 7:14PM
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freezengirl(3aMN and 5AK)

I just love gardeners! They must be the most generous of any group of people I have ever known. :-)

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 2:25AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

That's so nice of you Beegood. I'll see what these do and let you know. Mine were more of a peach yellow but those are probably nicer anyway.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 9:10AM
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