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Hollyhock second year

Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030
Planted one last year that became a 12ft tower but I didn't cut it down at all in the Autumn.

I know they're a short lived perennial so should I be fine to chop it right down now and expect new leaves to sprout in the coming weeks? Or best to start with something fresh?


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,418
    I think they're usually treated ad as a biennial (although they can be treated as a short lived perennial).
    Personally I would hedge my bets and do both  :). Cut it back and see what happens,  but sow fresh seeds as insurance. I found they were a magnet for slugs and rust, so it wouldn't hurt to have several as insurance. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,762
    Cut down the flowering spike ... that won’t flower again. The crown may throw up some more spikes this year if you’re lucky, but usually they behave as a biennial ,  however there may well be some new plants growing from seed shed last summer. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,030
    It seems one hasn't been paying attention, there are already new leaves emerging.

    Some signs of rust already though.
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