Hollyhock- Chater’s Double Salmon
Days to Full Maturity: 60 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate
Minimum Seed Count: 25
Lush, fully double blooms stand at attention on towering spikes. Chater’s Double Hollyhock always make an impression and will perform best when planted in full sun. This old-fashioned favorite is a popular pick for many flower enthusiasts. Many people plant the large, colorful blossoms in narrow spaces with a lot of headroom, such as along walls or fences. Usually blooms in the second year
How to grow:
For early spring growth, direct sow in August or September; hollyhock seeds can also be spring planted after the last spring frost. This plant grows best in full sun and rich soil, in a protected location. Plant the hollyhock seeds no more than 1/4″ deep and do not allow the soil to dry out until the seeds germinate, which should occur in 14-21 days. Thin to 20-24″ apart in rows 3′ apart. Thinned seedlings can be transplanted. To start seed indoors, plant the seeds just below the surface of the soil; keep the soil moist and at a temperature of 70 degrees F until germination. After the last hard frost or when the plants grow big enough to handle safely, transplant them.
When the hollyhocks bloom, make sure the soil does not dry out; these plants do not tolerate dry soil. Water carefully to avoid getting the foliage wet, since this often leads to rust and other diseases. If leaves become infected by rust, remove them immediately. While some first-year plants may bloom, full blooming will occur in the second year of growth. Pinching off the tips of the stalks for several weeks will cause fuller, shorter growth. Hollyhock self sows readily, making it practically perennial unless the spent blossoms are removed to prevent seed development.