hollyhock and other tubers

dgs9r(z7 Baltimore, MD)April 7, 2007

I just got a ton of bagged Hollyhock tubers (or corms, or whatever) from costco. Also got from there Echinacea, liatris, and others.

Question: before I plant these (maybe next weekend, when it's warmer), should I soak the corms/tubers/whatever in water for some time before putting them underground? if so, how long should they soak?

Thanks,

Deepti

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cfmuehling(7b DC/MD burbs)

Good question, actually!

I always just stuck them in the ground, but that seems to make a lot of sense.
What color hollyhocks did you get?

Christine

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 11:23AM
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dgs9r(z7 Baltimore, MD)

They're mixed colors; several tubers to a bag, which i haven't opened up yet. The bag says not to plant before frost date, so now I'm wondering if i really have to wait till May 1...after all, hollyhocks are supposed to be hardy?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 9:43PM
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cfmuehling(7b DC/MD burbs)

I thought our last frost date was around the 21st. (Kim?)
I don't know. Mine are doing just fine, but they started this season already in the ground.

C.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2007 at 4:56PM
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jensyen ( z7 MD )(7a)

Hi, I also bought the bag of hollyhocks from Costco. I purchased it around Easter. I opened the bag imediately and found there were white sprouts on each root ball. Some were begining to rot. I planted them right away so they wouldn't rot in the bag. However, I went away for the weekend and when I came back they were gone/eaten up, I assume. I hear they are liked by rabbits and slugs. New sprouts have not returned and I am worried they will not make it. So, I am wondering if you had anything amiss with your bagged hollyhocks, and if they are sprouting now.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 2:45PM
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christy2828(8a)

I thought hollyhock was biennial, and I didn't know they were tubers. I grew 2 from seed 3 years ago, and it is coming up again. I was very suprised that they survived :) Christy

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 10:27AM
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dgs9r(z7 Baltimore, MD)

The hollyhock in the bag were bare-roots -- my mistake!!

I've bought quite a few bags from costco over the years of different plants (liatris, hollyhock, lilies, etc.) with variable results. I think only the lilies really took off.

The hollyhocks, BTW, are gone. This is a year later. They never grew, and nothing there now either.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 12:14PM
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christy2828(8a)

Lol, I didn't even realize this thread was a year old!!! Thanks you!! I'm now not thoroughly confused about the tubers :) Christy

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 9:56PM
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