BOTANICAL NAME: Alcea rosea
DESCRIPTION:Dramatic spires of old-fashioned flowers to 8' in full sun. Classic along a fence or as a summer screen, now finding new uses as an edible flower. Single and semi-double flowers in pinks to purple bloom the first season in mild areas (or started indoors 8 weeks before last frost). Nice focal point in a garden.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 3-10/Height 48-72"/Spacing 24"
WHEN TO PLANT: early spring (indoors), summer
GERMINATION DAYS: 10-14
PLANTING DEPTH: very shallow
SEEDS PER PACKET: 60
SEED CODE: C
DAYS TO MATURITY :
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Start seed in flats or pots. Transplant 12-18" apart. Grows best in full sun or light shade. Blooms 2nd year unless started very early indoors-in nature seeds sprout in late summer and bloom the next year. Give plenty of compost and good drainage. Rust problems are common with Hollyhock, especially in wet weather. Remove foliage with orange rust spot on underside, and burn or put in the trash (not the compost). Neem may help prevent outbreaks.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Bee Friendly