Antwerp Mixed Hollyhock
Alcea rosea. A blend of colourful pastel shades for a rich cottage garden look. The Antwerp blend has attractive and unusual palmate foliage, and is also shown to have the best levels of resistance to rust. Excellent for borders, especially when planted in groups. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Height 6 feet. Approximately 25 seeds/pkg.
Start inside in peat pots, 6-8 weeks before planting out. Do not cover seed, provide light and average temperatures (65-21 degrees C). Easy to germinate in 10-14 days. May also be direct seeded after last frost or in early fall for blooms the next year. Transplant after last frost into full sun or light shade, 18-24 inches apart.
Pinch out the growing tip immediately after transplanting to produce stocky, stronger plants. Prefers rich, moist soil. Provide excellent air circulation, may need to be staked. Cut back after first bloom to encourage reblooming. Do not move established plants. May be short lived, but hollyhocks self-seed dependably.