Hollyhock second year
Dirty 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?
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.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
Some signs of rust already though.