Re: hollyhocks

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Posted by Newt on July 21, 2003 at 20:58:09:

In Reply to: hollyhocks posted by Brenda on July 12, 2003 at 05:17:12:

: My first try with hollyhock and they are great. But now what do I do with the spent plant. Do I cut it down and it will come back or does next years blooms grow on old stalks.

Hi Brenda,
I realize you posted this a couple of weeks ago, so I hope I'm not too late. Hollyhocks are biennial plants. The first year they grow leaves and develop a strong root system. The second year they flower, set seed and die. If you leave the stems up for the seeds to ripen, you can either let the seeds drop to the ground and the strongest will come up next year as foilage plants, or you can harvest the seeds when the pods turn brown and plant them yourself. You can either plant the seeds you gather in winter, I can refer you to a site for this, or you can plant them in the spring. If you cut the stalks before the seeds develop, you will have to plant new plants next year that will bloom the year after that.

Regards,
Newt

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