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Summer Carnival Hollyhock

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This biennial was the All-America Winner for 1972. The plants have beautiful 4-5" double blooms with a superb color range and will bloom the first year if started indoors. Grows to about 4 1/2 feet, so it may require some support. While technically a biennial, this one comes back year after year in our experience.

35 seeds 

Summer Carnival Hollyhock

 

PLANTING

Alcea rosea

Biennial, zone 4-8

Germination: 10-21 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly cover, seeds need some light to germinate

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, 18-24” apart

Sowing Outdoors:  Direct sow after the last frost and in the fall

Growth Habit: Columnar

Height and Width:  48-60" by 12-18"

Spacing: 12-24" apart

Light Needs: Full sun to part shade

Soil Needs: Fertile, moist, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in the second season

Uses: Cut flowers, back border of the flower garden, cottage gardens, attracts pollinators

Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting.  Cut back stems as the blooms fade, this encourages more flower production. Leave some seed pods on the plant of you would like it to self-seed.

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04/08/2018
AMY F.
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Strong seedlings

So far the seedlings are strong and vigorous. I have them under grow lights at this point.apx 90% germination.