saving Hollyhock seeds!

little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)May 8, 2006

My friend in Idaho sent me some hollyhock seeds last year. I planted some of them in my vegetable garden, and I was so excited, THEY GREW!

This year, they really took off! The plants are 9'8" tall, and they have been covered with big ruby colored flowers for over a month! People stop on the road to look at them, they are so unusual here on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Now we are getting a lot of seed pods forming, and I want to save the seeds,of course. What is the best way to do this? I mean, is there anything peculiar about hollyhock seeds that I should know? Do they need to be planted immediately? How long are they viable?

TIA

Janie

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Nurmey(5 Omaha, NE)

HH seeds are very easy to harvest, dry, and save.
When the pods turn brown and papery, they're ripe. I snip off the pods individually as they become ripe.
Weevils will lay eggs in the seeds so it's a good idea to put the seeds in a airtight container (or ziploc bag) and put in the freezer for a few days to kill the little buggers.
Dry the seeds really well or they can mold.
If dried properly, they are viable for a couple (or more) years.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2006 at 10:42PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Thanks, I appreciate the help.

Janie

    Bookmark   May 10, 2006 at 3:48PM
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tracey_nj6(6)

I doubt you'll get any better advice! Someone had sent me hollyhock seeds in a plastic baggie. It freaked me out when I saw the seed moving one day; luckily I didn't put them away right away! I put it in the freezer for 2 weeks to kill them. I've gotten in the habit of putting any and all hollyhock seed that I harvest in the freezer for a few weeks. I also state that on my seed packets; that they've already been pre-chilled, which they need to germinate anyway ;)

    Bookmark   May 11, 2006 at 10:25AM
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