PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Alcea rosea, mixed
Hollyhock, single
Type/Hardiness Perennial, Biennial, Hardy
Flowering period All summer
Height 5-8ft/1.5-2.5m
Light preference Full sun
Soil preference Any, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Late summer, mid-winter, spring, barely cover
I am offering here not only mixed-colour seeds but a selection of packets containing seed collected from individual plants that I thought particularly pretty, but they cannot be guaranteed to come true. (NOTE: Seeds from black hollyhock are listed separately.)

Although strictly speaking a perennial, this very popular cottage garden plant, in a range of colours from white and yellow to pale pink through to deepest red, is best treated as a biennial, particularly since it is susceptible to rust. These are very tall plants and some support is recommended. Cut back after first flowers are almost spent to encourage new, albeit shorter, flower spikes.

Sowing and/or growing instructions
Can be direct sown in late summer or spring. Alternatively sow on the surface, barely covering with compost, under glass in mid-winter, either singly in modules or small pots, or in seed trays for transplanting when the first true leaves have developed. Although best treated as biennials, hollyhocks will often survive for a number of years. However, they are prone to rust so it is best to replace plants regularly.
Seed
1 packet, mixed £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. white with purple eye £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. pale cream £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. very pale pink £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. pure white £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. pale yellow £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. rich raspberry red £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. extremely dark red £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. apricot with red eye £1.85

Seed
1 packet, Ex. deep strawberry pnk £1.85

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