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Q.Bare root hollyhocks

Zone 46809 | Sheltonbills added on November 15, 2017 | Answered

I just received 15 bare root hollyhocks..its wet, 30s and 40s with some nites in mid 20s..should i plant these ..will they keep til spring?? I dont wont them to lay in wet cold soil and rot!!wat about putting them in large pot in the house?? Help!!!!!

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Answered on November 16, 2017

It is definitely a bad idea to plant these now. I would recommend putting them in container, and placing them somewhere dark and cool. Water them very sparingly until spring. Alternatively, you can plant them and put them under horticultural lighting made for plants, and grow them indoors.

Here is an article on wintering the roots: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hollyhock/winterizing-hollyhock-plants.htm

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