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Hollyhock and bowles mauve woes

Hi all,

I'm having some problems with my hollyhocks. They have rust and I have followed the instructions on how to deal with this but the real problem is they have flopped over and are crushing everything else I'm and looking a right mess. I'm thinking of admitting defeat and just cutting then back ? Also both of my bowles mauve have stopped flowering too and have brown spots on them. As far I can see they shouldn't get rust, does anyone know what else it could be? 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368
    That's what Hollyhocks do. They look best from a distance in other people's gardens, propped up.
    I have a Bowles' Mauve with what looks like rust as well, never seen that before
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126
    The Bowles Mauve could have been attacked by flea beetles which will leave pale brown marks where the leaves have been damaged.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368
    That could be it with mine Ceres, I haven't looked closely
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126
    Ghastly little things when they get too numerous. I have them on the nasturtiums and last year they killed all of them within a week. Wallflowers are a tougher prospect so should survive the attack.
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