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How do you grow healthy hollyhocks?

Hollyhocks need full sun and moist, rich, well drained soil. The mistake many novice hollyhock growers make is to plant this flower in soil that’s too dry. If you are planting seeds, sow them outside about a week before last frost. If you are planting seedlings out, wait about two to three weeks after last frost.

What is the best fertilizer for hollyhocks?

Water and fertilize hollyhocks throughout the growing season for the best appearance and bloom. Scratch a balanced granular fertilizer into the soil around plants when new foliage is 2 inches high, then switch to a high-phosphorus, water-soluble formula such as 10-30-20 in June.

Where is the best place to plant hollyhocks?

Where to Plant Hollyhock. The best place to plant hollyhocks is in a well-draining area that enjoys full sun to partial shade. However, because hollyhock plants typically grow to be quite high, they need to be protected from damaging winds through support such as a trellis, wall or fence.

How do you treat rusty hollyhocks?

Cut down hollyhock plants at the end of the season and burn or bury the debris. Use fungicides if necessary. Chlorothalonil and sulfur are good choices. Apply them every seven to ten days or more often if it rains.

Do hollyhocks like potassium?

Tips for Fertilizing Hollyhock Flowers

Hollyhock flowers do well with 10-10-10 fertilizer, which, in short, stands for equal levels nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. You should only need two to three tablespoons of this fertilizer per plant per season.

How often do you fertilize hollyhocks?

Fertilize the hollyhock plant two times per year, once in the early spring as it begins the growing cycle, and again in the fall to sustain it through the winter. Use a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10 or 15-15-15.

Do hollyhocks come up every year?

They appear to be perennials as they do come back year after year but they are actually biennials which self-seed prolifically. Being a biennial means that it is often best to start new Hollyhocks in August or September so that they will then bloom the following summer.

How deep do hollyhock roots go?

The hole should be wider than the roots and deep enough to encourage the long taproot of bare root hollyhock plants to easily grow downward. When planting, the taproot should point downward. Don’t plant too deeply though, just a couple inches (5 cm.) below the soil.

Should I deadhead hollyhocks?

Deadheading hollyhock plants isn’t necessary, but it is a good idea. It can help keep the blooms going longer throughout the season and also keeps your plants looking nicer and tidier. Think of deadheading this plant as a way of pruning to coax it into producing flowers right up to the fall and even the first frost.

Do hollyhocks like manure?

While they may be short lived, in their proper growing conditions they will continually grow more, which will keep the hollyhock flowers consistent in years to come. Growing hollyhocks also benefit from fertilizer or compost in the spring.

Do hollyhocks need a lot of fertilizer?

Hollyhocks don’t need heavy fertilization. Over-fertilization can result in leggy, weak stems and poor flowering. Too much nitrogen can also aid fungal disease growth.

Do hollyhocks bloom twice?

Hollyhocks grow as biennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 10. The flowers don’t require removal, or deadheading, to continue blooming, but pruning off the old flowers does improve the plant’s appearance.

What is hollyhock deadheading?

Deadheading is a method of pruning Hollyhocks that coaxes the flower into blooming until the first frost of the fall. I like to do this with all of my plants because not only does it extend the bloom, it makes the entire plant look healthier.

When should I cut down my hollyhocks?

End of season care

No pruning is required, just remove any leaves that are heavily infected with rust disease through the summer and cut down the flower spikes when the flowers have faded. Hollyhocks are easy to grow from seed and will readily self-seed in your garden.

Will hollyhocks grow in shade?

Hollyhocks are not fussy and survive in many spots but do best in soil that has been amended with compost. They do not like dry soil. With adequate moisture and good drainage, hollyhocks can thrive in full sun or partial shade. Try them in a few different spots in your yard and see where they are happiest.

Do hollyhocks need a lot of water?

Water daily for the first few weeks after planting, and regularly after that, keeping the soil is moist but not waterlogged. Once hollyhocks grow to maturity, they become relatively drought-tolerant, so you can then decrease your watering frequency to two to three times per week for the rest of the growing season.

Why are my hollyhocks not blooming?

Sounds like the hollyhocks are getting either too much fertilizer some how (height and flowers aborting0 or they are getting botrytis (a disease that often infects flowers and flower buds).