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Hollyhock (Singles) Flower Seeds

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  • Packet of flower seeds
  • Biennial plant
  • Alcea rosea
  • Sow outdoors late spring, early summer
  • Cover with fine soil, keep moist
  • Germinates in 14-21 days
  • Made in the USA
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    Hollyhocks, whose current Latin name is Alcea rosea, is a biennial native to Turkey and other parts of Asia, but the hollyhock that was introduced into Britain in 1573, and the plant with which we are familiar, probably came from China by way of Palestine.

    The name hollyhock is believed to have derived from the Anglo-Saxon term, 'holy-hoc' or holy mallow, mallow being a common name given to all members of the althea plant family. In his 1851 book, The Flower Garden, Joseph Breck said of the hollyhock, "A great improvement has been made in this old-fashioned, ordinary flower, within a few years, that has brought it before the public under a new phase; and it now bids fair to become as popular as many other flowers have been when taken in hand by the florist." Breck went on to provide a lengthy quote from an English horticultural paper. This quote combined with Breck's remarks made the discourse on hollyhocks the longest in Breck's book.

    Hollyhocks were grown and valued in Elizabethan days and for the first half of the 19th century. A horticulturalist named Chater of Essex, England, worked for decades on improvements to the plant and developed Chater's Double in the 1880's, one of the most popular hollyhocks of all time. In 1873, a rust disease which had spread from South America to Australia and then to Europe began to attack hollyhocks. The effects of the disease were so devastating that the cultivation of hollyhocks was all but abandoned by the end of the 19th century.

    By the 1930's, hollyhocks were beginning to make a comeback. In 1939, hollyhock Indian spring was introduced and it remains the most popular single and semi-double mix of white and pink blooming hollyhocks available.

    Hollyhock (Singles) Flower Seeds are sometimes difficult to grow from a seed. They can be started indoors in February if bottom heat is applied. They should be planted 1/2 inch deep and will take 14-21 days to germinate. Because of the long germination time, the seeds often rot. They should be planted outdoors when the danger of frost is passed and spaced 8-10 inches apart. They usually do not bloom the first year. They will begin blooming in the second year during June and continue throughout the summer.
    Hollyhocks were grown and valued in Elizabethan days and for the first half of the 19th century. A horticulturalist named Chater of Essex, England, worked for decades on improvements to the plant and developed Chater's Double in the 1880's, one of the most popular hollyhocks of all time. In 1873, a rust disease which had spread from South America to Australia and then to Europe began to attack hollyhocks. The effects of the disease were so devastating that the cultivation of hollyhocks was all but abandoned by the end of the 19th century. By the 1930's, hollyhocks were beginning to make a comeback. In 1939, hollyhock Indian spring was introduced and it remains the most popular single and semi-double mix of white and pink blooming hollyhocks available. html:

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