Monday, May 11, 2009

I have a low maintenance garden, can hollyhocks be grown in large garden pots?

Yes, but put stakes in the ground next to them as you plant them as they'll need some support later on ! ! !

I have a low maintenance garden, can hollyhocks be grown in large garden pots?
yes and i do have some growing in pots, mine are almost black coloured flowers
Reply:yes they can but be sure to use deep pots because hollyhocks have very long tap roots
Reply:Hollyhocks will probably do better (i.e. grow taller) when grown in the ground but there's no reason why you can't grow them in large tubs.

Hollyhocks are perennials but after a year or two they become weak and are very susceptible to rust virus. For this reason they are best grown as annuals from seed every year. Just sow the seed straight into the tubs in April/May and thin to about 10 inches apart. You should get about 4-5 plants in a large size tub. Plants should flower by around July/August and continue until the frost bites. Good luck!
Reply:Hollyhocks are a popular garden ornamental plants, with numerous cultivars selected, particularly from A. rosea. The flowers have been selected for variations in colour, with dark purple, red and white flowered plants available in addition to the colours found in wild plants.

Hollyhocks are very drought resistant, and will do well in fairly shallow soil and in full sun locations that might be considered too hot for or too dry for other plants. They produce large, flat coin shaped seeds (91/2" diameter) that seem to grow easily where they drop. While an individual plant might only live a handful of years, by that time chances are good that it will have left plenty of descendants.

Plants flower from mid- summer to autumn so a little care in cultivation is well worthwhile: they are best staked as they can reach 1.5 to 2m high in a season they have a poor wind resistance. Are very prone to disfiguring rust disease evident as bright orange pustles on the leaves and stems which spoil the appearance, fortnightly fungicide sprays will keep the rust at bay, most by using different products in rotation.

Professional Gardner for 30 odd yrs.

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