Alcea rosea, ‘Summer Carnival’ Hollyhock

1,750 د.ك

An award-winning, early-flowering variety with fully double flowers in an excellent colour range including yellow, red, rose and white. These occupy more of the stem at a time than found in some varieties. Easily grown as a half-hardy annual, flowering the first year from seed. 6ft (1.8m)

A classic English cottage garden flower, and with their air of stately splendour, they are amongst the finest of background plants. Sown early they will flower the first year, but the finest plants are produced when grown as biennials (strictly speaking they are perennials).

Germination Instructions

Sow indoors in August-September . Surface sow individual seeds 20mm apart onto moist, well-drained seed compost. Just cover seed with a sprinkling of soil. Ideal temp. 15-21°C. Germination takes 10-14 days. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle,, into individual pots. Handle leaves only, the stem is fragile. Grow on in bright cool conditions. Acclimatise and plant out in grow season ..

Growing Instructions

Prefers a well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun, against a sunny wall is ideal. May require staking in exposed sites. This genus can be prone to rust fungus, treat with fungicide if desired.

Cultivation Instructions

Propagate by seed. Cut back after flowering. Will self-seed. self-seeded plants will try to creep towards the sunny front of a border. Dig these up and pot, once established replant towards the back of the border.

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