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).
|Russian hollyhock, Yellow fig-leaved hollyhock|
|Very unusual hollyhock!|
|Hollyhocks, although strictly speaking perennials, are usually grown as biennials, chiefly because they are susceptible to rust. However, this pale-yellow-flowered variety, with fig-leaf shaped foliage, is said to be a true perennial, being less prone to rust. The flowers are distinctive in that, unlike other hollyhocks, they have a lobed appearance. 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 of peaty compost, barely covering with a very fine sprinkling of vermiculite or sieved compost (light is required for germination), 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. (NOTE: My experience has been that, whether sowing my own or externally sourced seeds, the germination has been slow, erratic and much lower than that of the common hollyhock, A. rosea, so I suggest sowing all seeds from the pack, or perhaps sow in two batches at different times of year.)|