my hollyhocks were doing wonderful and blooming beautiful flowers. This morning I woke up and didn't see them out my window and when I went to look they were all laying FLAT on the ground. They were about 6feet tall. I planted them last year. After reading several things on your site, I realize they have rust fungus. I thought it was the Janpenese Beattle that was attracting some of my other plants. I made a mixture of vegetable oil, water and rubbing alcohol I found the recipe for when I googled for the Beattles. So I sprayed some of the Beattles in saw on the hollyhock leaves. What do you think has happened? Oh....and we did get a big rain storm yesterday but I don't know if that's the reason because I didn't notice until this morning. Do you think they will come back up in them owns? Please help me because I planted them to remind me of the ones my parent had. I'm so upset.
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Tall plants often can be knocked down in storms from wind and heavy rain.
Staking these plants will help.
This article will help with rust fungus treatment and care.