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Anonymous on
March 30, 2011

Q. Growing Hollyhocks From Bulbs

The article didn’t address planting hollyhock bulbs. Is there any difference?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 31, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Hollyhocks do not grow from bulbs. Hollyhocks are often treated as biennials, but they are actually short-lived perennials with string-like root systems. They are typically grown from seeds (sown outdoors during spring or summer) or from established plants. They really don't like to be transplanted, however, so sowing them directly in the garden works best. Many will even self-sow, depending on your climate.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 10, 2011

Q. Planting Hollyhock Roots

I bought a bag of five mixed hollyhock roots at Walmart. The pictures on the package demonstrated how to plant them but don’t look like mine, which are kind of carrot shaped. My question is, which way is up? Do you plant them pointy tip side up or down?

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Nikki on
April 11, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Generally, hollyhocks are best grown from seed. However, they can also be grown from their tuberous bare root. You can place them in the ground with the pointy taproot facing down. But don't be alarmed if you accidentally place them wrong side up. Plants have an amazing ability to grow anyway.

Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hollyhock/tips-on-hollyhocks-growing-hollyhocks-successfully.htm

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Asked by
shelly on
April 12, 2011

Q. What Happened to My Hollyhock

I have a small garden close to the house with onions-radishes-spinach and lettuce. In the middle a few hollyhocks were about 9 inches high from last year and I went out yesterday and they had been eaten to the quick. What animal or pest would of done that?
They took the whole plant to the woody root. Thank you – Shelly

Answered by
Heather on
April 13, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Deer will do that. Even if you have a fence, a deer can clear a 6' fence without needing any runup. This article might help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/deer/deer-repellents.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 18, 2011

Q. Dwarf Hollyhocks Will Not Bloom

We planted dwarf hollyhocks last spring. They are full and dark green, but have not yet produced one flower. What could the problem be?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 18, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

They lack phosphorus. Give them a phosphorus rich fertilizer. This article will explain more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

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Asked by
jo on
April 29, 2011

Q. Hollyhock Discoloration

How do I prevent the leaves from losing pigment? Already they are blotchy and different shades of green. It happens every year. Is this a serious disease? Thanks.

Answered by
Heather on
May 1, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It sounds like you may have powdery mildew. Hollyhocks are prone to this and it does make them look blotchy with varying shades of dusty green. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 9, 2011

Q. Hollyhocks

I have been tryng to grow hollyhocks from seeds and despite the length of time (about a month) and the loving care, they are only an inch tall. Something has eaten all the leaves off some, leaving me with only a few babies to hopefully grow. Do you have any suggestions for my problem?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 9, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If they are shorn off, it is likely deer. If they have been chewed away a leaf at a time, it is slugs. It may also be rabbits. These are the normal pests that create that kind of damage. Here are some articles that will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/deer/deer-repellents.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/how-to-keep-rabbits-out-of-gardens.htm

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