Hollyhock - Indian Spring (Alcea rosea) organically grown flower seeds. Floral Encounters.
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Great easy to grow plant for height and drama. Tall flower spikes are great against a fence, wall or back border. Indian spring comes in a white, pink and rose colors Can tolerate most soil types and needs only moderate water but must have good sunshine. Deer don't eat it, neither do rabbits. Butterflies love it. Hollyhocks flowers from seed second year, may live for several years or may behave as a biannual (live only two years). This is not predictable some plants may live and others from the same seed batch may not.

Description of Hollyhock (Alcea rosea).
A short lived perennial that sometimes acts like a biennial it is hardy zone 2-9.
In early spring a small rosette of generally heart shaped mid green leaves arises. Leaves have lobed edges and rough texture with strongly defined veins. In mid spring it sends up a tall flower spike that can reach 8 feet (2.4m) in height but is more commonly between 4-6 feet .(1.2-1.8m). Each stem can produce dozens of large cup shaped flowers 3-4" (7-10cm) across that are set amongst smaller rough leaves. Flowers are white, pink or rose in color, pastel colors or spring, hence the name. Flowers are produced a few at a time along the stem and flowering can last for several months. Blooms second year from seed. Sometimes plants die after blooming but many can live for several years and perform well as short lived perennials.

Growing Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) from seed.
Seeds need some light to germinate so surface sow DO NOT COVER. Outdoors seeds can be sown two weeks before last frost date. Surface sow in desired location. Seeds can also be sown in fall for early spring germination.
Indoors sow 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Surface sow on compost. Germination can be anywhere from 12-21 days depending on temperature and other conditions. Keep soil moist but not wet. Don't use an overly rich potting soil as it can encourage damping off. Since seeds are large sowing 1-2 in individual pots is the best method of sowing. Separate seedlings when large enough to handle and grow on until at least 6" (15cm) tall before gradually hardening off to outside before transplanting. For more detailed information on sowing see our General Growing Instructions.

Location and Care of Hollyhock (Alcea rosea).
Hollyhocks need full sun but are very tolerant of soil type and can easily grow on very poor soil, in fact they prefer a poorer soil and produce better flowers than on rich soils. Must be fairly well drained cannot tolerate waterlogged soils or those that become waterlogged in the winter months. pH should be in generally neutral range although a little acid or alkaline is tolerated it will not grow in soils that are very strongly one of the other.

Grow in a sheltered site as the flower stalks are tall and can be blown over in high winds. Against a fence, wall or side of a building is excellent. In hotter climates - zones 8 -9 shelter from the heat, try growing on the north side of structures to help keep them cool in the heat of the summer. Staking may be necessary as stalks grow taller or they can bend and droop over. Plants can be pinched out as they begin to form stalks to encourage them to branch. This will produce more stalks of shorter height and thus more flowers.
Water daily until established then as needed during the summer months. If there is sufficient rain no other watering is necessary but if on sandy or loam soils a small daily watering can be helpful. Soaker hoses around the base of the plants are ideal.
Hollyhocks are one of the few plants that can grow beneath black walnut trees as they can resist the toxins that the tree produces.
Plants can become quite large so space at least 24-36" (61-91cm) apart.
Mulch with at least 4" (10cm) of material in late fall to protect for the winter. Remove in early spring to allow leaves to form early. Deer resistant.

Pest and diseases of Hollyhock (Alcea rosea).
Unfortunately Japanese beetles also like hollyhocks so do spider mites the latter mostly because they are growing in hot dry areas which spider mites love. Spray with light misting of water to deter spider mites. Foliage is also susceptible to rust especially as the year progresses this does not tend to affect the flowers or the flowering habit of the plant.

Edible uses of Hollyhock (Alcea rosea).
The flowers leaves and roots are edible. Young leaves can be chopped and used in salads older leaves have unpleasant texture which most people dislike. Flowers and flower buds are also good in salads.

Medicinal uses of Hollyhock (Alcea rosea).
While the most used hollyhock flowers are the black ones many herbalists also use other colors. Flowers are used fresh or dried to make teas for treating chest complaints and improve blood circulation as well as constipation, dysmenorrhoea, hemorrhage.
The shoots can be used to help ease difficult labor while the roots are used to treat disentary as well as inflammation of the kidneys and womb.

Other uses of Hollyhock (Alcea rosea).
A fiber obtained from the stems is used in papermaking. Flowers are also used dried as a coloring for wine, and as dye for wool where it can produce several different colors depending on how it is prepared. Also makes a good cut flower and dried flowers in pot pourri.

Item # Packet size Nett Weight Number Seeds(approx) Price Qty
1456 Small 0.71 g 50 Seeds. $2.20 Sold Out

Please note: all seeds are sold by weight and seed count is approximate.

To keep seed prices low much of our seed is semi cleaned. More Info