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Hollyhock, Country Romance Mix

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A hard-to-find old-fashioned perennial.

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This is the old-fashioned perennial hollyhock that is so hard to find. Try it along a fence or plant with verbascum for a special look. A blend of rose, white, maroon, yellow and pink, large 3-5" single flowers are produced abundantly on stalks 5-7 ft. high from July to September. Grows best in full sun.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

3-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

60-84 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Cold, Rabbit

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Hollyhock may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in early summer, or planted from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. In frost-free areas, sow in late winter indoors to flower the same year.
  • In a warm well-lighted area sow seeds in seed starting formula and barely cover as light aids germination.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow hollyhock seeds in a cold frame or protected seedbed in the early summer.
  • In rows 6 inches apart, just press seeds into the soil. Keep moist and protect from the sun.
  • Seedlings emerge in 12-21 days.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with well-drained, moist soil enriched with plenty of organic matter.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth. Be careful with hollyhocks as they have tap roots that may be easily damaged.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Taller varieties may require staking to prevent them from falling over in the wind.
  • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Hollyhock does not divide well as it has a tap root which is easily damaged in transplanting. To propagate allow some flowers to go to seed and move any seedlings where you want them when they are small.
  • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
  • Be sure to give hollyhocks plenty of air circulation as rust can be a serious disease issue otherwise.
  • Hollyhocks may be short lived perennials, but they often seed themselves.
Zone
3-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
60-84 inches
Spread
18-24 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Cold, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Alcea
Life Cycle
Perennial
Hollyhock, Country Romance Mix is rated 3.6429 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some Plants Will Not Grow from Seed Hi. I noticed a lot of reviewers complaining about seeds not growing. Unfortunately, Hollyhocks -- like Rosemary and Roses -- rarely grow from seeds. And they don't like to be disturbed once planted. Also, while they may have done splendidly in another's garden, the chance of having that same soil, growing conditions, etc., is slim.
Date published: 0005-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hollyhock Plant Flower I had received seeds of Hollyhock in 2012. Its 2015 and finally one is growing. I had received the seeds and out of all them only one grew. But I have hope that this will bloom later this year... For the price that I payed... All the seeds should of grown. NOT HAPPY Camper...NAPREIS
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What happened ???? I LOVE Hollyhocks. Many people have never heard of them, but they remind me of visiting my great-grandmother. I purchased Country Romance plants several years ago and THEY DID WONDERFULLY. Healthy thick tall stalks (5-6 ft), quite abundant with large full blooms, beautiful colors, various shades of pink and rose and bloomed almost to the end of the growing season. People would stop and ask what kind of plants they were. I always had many 'babies' to move or share with others. They finally started to die off and I bought new ones last year. WHAT HAPPENED???? I almost feel like I didn't receive the correct plants. Short, spindly stalks (MAYBE 3 ft at best), very few blooms and what I did get where almost all a pathetic pale yellow with a pink center and jagged edges. Not AT ALL what the picture shows . And NOT AT ALL like the plants I had previously. They died back long before the growing season was over. I am SO disappointed.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Poor Poor i got some seeds at the store last summer and they had a very low germination rate out of the 58 seeds (yes i do count) only 3 seeds germinated i am very disappointed
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hollyhock hopes i planted the seeds two months ago, using organic seedling soil, and have maintained them well. the sprouts are still so small, i have my doubts whether they will ever come to fruition. i will continue to nurture them along, and hope to have this perennial a part of my garden.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Single Hollyhock, hard to find. They grow wild in my yard. 5500. ft. I am in zone 9. I have 6 packets of seeds to send you.
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Color selection limited I grew these from seed and are blooming the first year. I am disappointed as the 30 plants are magenta with only one pink. The color selection is extremely limited and did not produce any yellows or whites as I had hoped.
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Single Hollyhocks I had to have single hollyhocks and ordered 6 plants in January. I've been getting very high quality perennial plants from Burpee and have shifted more of my orders thier way. The quality per price is very good. Planted 6 country romance plants in mid April. They were in bloom by early June and put on quite a show, which I did not expect from a first year biennial plant. They have been a delight to behold with the bloom period lasting over a month. I recommend planting in groups of 6 or more for a full garden effect. Mine were mostly a pretty pink with a few maroons. Standing around 5 1/2 foot tall, they did not require staking, despite lots of rain and some high winds.
Date published: 2009-07-10
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