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So some of you were talking about hollyhocks in the Summer Blooms thread. Cececoogan asked if it was normal for hollyhocks to tower over her, and CountryGardens said hers were up to the eves of her shop . . . I put in 3 small plants this spring that I ordered from Bluestone and they seem to be doing well (growing) but are nowhere NEAR the size of the ones pictured. They have humongous leaves but aren't putting up a lot of height yet (they're probably about a foot tall right now). Is this normal for new baby ones or is something wrong? They are 'Old Farmyard Strain', btw.
AAAAHHHH . . . I was just reading on the Cottage Gardening forum and Artemiss answered my question without my even having asked it over there . . . yay! I knew my hollyhocks wouldn't bloom this year but I wasn't sure how tall they were supposed to get . . . sounds like they're behaving normally and next year they'll take off. :)
yanno -- i just got home after being gone.. a while.. anyhooo - when i was out back my neighbor, who i gave my WS'ed HH's to a few months back -- and she never planted them til a few days ago... well, they are blooming!!
are there any strains of HH's that will bloom first year?? even though these obviously did.
I believe they were "Country Romance"
I'm still looking for my Charters Double Reds... and all the other seeds i pushed into the ground last fall...
I don't know mine didn't bloom last year nor did they get any where near as big as they are now. I have buds on them. I thought rather was under the impression that if the seeds are direct sown in the fall the first year HH will bloom and each year after that if allowed to self-seed themselves. I was also under the impression that any biennial sown early enough will bloom the first year. Is there any one out there that can tell me if my assumptions are correct or am I way over the top?
I have a bed of HH I let reseed, and sometimes a first year plant will have a few blooms - even though the plant is less than 3' tall. Then the next year it comes back, grows to it's full size of 7 or 8', and blooms like crazy. I think of the first year flowers as "test blooms" the plant is putting out!