Description – Play host to a colour parade this summer with these unique specimens, which revolutionise the way we use Hollyhocks in the garden. They make a perfect container or front of border feature, with their blend of bright and cheerful colours. Prefers any well-drained soil in full sun.
Sowing – Sow indoors February to March or March to May outdoors. Place seed on the surface of a good free draining compost and cover with a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 15-20C (59-68F) until after germination which usually takes 10 to 12 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination.
Can also be sown direct outdoors, 1.5mm (1/16 inch) deep in rows 25cm (10 inches) apart.
Growing – Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into pots. Grow on in cooler conditions for 1 to 15 days before planting out after risk of frost, 2-25cm (8-1 inches) apart.
Flowers – July to August