Transform your garden into a garden of the past! An English garden of the early 1800s would have several varieties of hollyhock. 'Indian Spring' is known to flower in its first season from seed. Even though fairly drought tolerant, it performs best with ample moisture and deep, rich soil for best performance. See instructions inside for making old-fashioned hollyhock dolls. Hollyhock flowers are edible, but very bland; however, the large, colorful petals are lovely garnishing salads or desserts. (The flower's central disk, while edible, can be bitter.) A 1939 All-America Selections winner.
Botanical Name: Alcea rosea
Native: Origin unknown
Hardiness: Biennial, hardy in USDA zones 2–8
Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' tall. 12″ wide
Variety Information: 2″–4″ yellow, rose, pink and white flowers
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, or 2 months before your average first fall frost date.
When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted in the ground.
Days to Emerge: 10–14 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24″–36″
Thinning: When 3″ tall, thin to 1 every 24″–36″
Harvesting: For longest-lasting cut flowers, harvest when 1/3 of the flowers on the stem have opened. Harvest in the morning; cut stem at an angle and immediately place in a bucket of warm water. Before placing in a vase, dip the stem end in boiling water for a minute, or sear it over a flame for 20 seconds; this will stop the flow of the milky sap so it does not clog the stem.