Hollyhocks
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hollyhocks

Zone 12816 | amerchant0418 added on June 22, 2016 | Answered

I planted seeds last year, read that they would only produce big leaves the first year, which they did. This year I am expecting them to flower, but it doesn't look like anything is producing yet. We didn't get a very cold winter this last year. Does that have something to do with it or should I just wait patiently and see what happens?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 23, 2016

Optimize the growing conditions and avoid excess nitrogen fertilizer that can inhibit flowering.
You can also apply some phosphorous to encourage flowering.

Bone Meal is a good way to add phosphorous to the soil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hollyhock/winterizing-hollyhock-plants.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hollyhock/tips-on-hollyhocks-growing-hollyhocks-successfully.htm

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