GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFO: Perennial to Zone 3-10/ Height 4-7'/ Spacing 24"
SEED CODE: C
SEEDS PER PACKET: 60
APPROXIMATE GERMINATION DAYS: 7-14
SOIL TEMPERATURE FOR GERMINATION: 70F
PLANTING DEPTH: very shallow - light aids germination
WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring
PACKET INSTRUCTIONS: Start seed in flats or pots. Transplant 12-18" apart. They grow best in full sun or light shade. In nature the plants are a biennial - the seeds sprout in late summer and bloom the following year. Give plenty of compost and good drainage. Rust problems are common with Hollyhock, especially in wet weather.
Rust is common with Hollyhocks - especially in wet weather. Remove foliage with orange rust spots on underside and burn or put in the trash (not the compost). Neem may help prevent outbreaks.
BOTANICAL NAME: Viola cornuta
DESCRIPTION: Dramatic spires of old-fashioned flowers to 8 feet in full sun. A classic ornamental along a fence or as a summer screen or as an edible flower. This variety has single flowers of pinks to purple blooms that blossom the first season in mild areas (or started indoors 8 weeks before last frost), 2nd year in the north.
Start in warm well-drained soil. Needs moisture, fertility, and good air circulation for strong growth. (By the compost pile might be ideal.) Nice focal point in a garden.