Alcea rosea 'Chater's Maroon' / Hollyhock / Seeds

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Alcea rosea 'Chater's Maroon' / Hollyhock / Seeds

A fantastic Hollyhock with large fully double maroon flowers, on tall well branched plants.  Flowers add good late colour to borders, from July to September.  They reach a height of 1.8m 2.0m and are good for the back of border and along hedges or walls.


Hollyhocks prefer full sun and a well-drained soil. They will tolerate drier conditions once established and make good cutflowers.


Pack of 20 seeds.  Sow in spring to autumn.
  These are short-lived perennials that will re-seed. 
Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Hardy short-lived perennial (RHS Hardiness H5)
Flowers July to September
Height 1.8 - 2m
Spread 30 - 45cm
Conditions  Plant out in full sun and in well-drained soil.
Sow

Sow in early spring for first year flowers and summer/autumn for next year flowers. 

Sow in cells or plugs of moist seed compost, cover with 5mm of compost or vermiculite and keep at 18 -20C. Germination takes 1 to 2 weeks.  Spray with a garden fungicide to prevent damping off of seedlings.  Pot on when seedlings are well developed (be careful to prevent root damage), and protect summer/autumn sowings over the first winter in an unheated greenhouse. 

Grow

Water the plants during dry weather.  The leaves and flowers of Hollyhocks die back in winter, when the dead material can be cut back.  They regrow again in spring for another two to three years.