hollyhock growth

sarah18sarah18 Posts: 5

My hollyhocks `Mars Magic` which were bought this year are about 2 and a half feet tall but that`s all. They have flower buds on the end but don`t seem to be growing quickly enough to grow and flower this year, and I was told they would, by the  very reputable nursery where I bought them. Is it the weather or is there something I can do? 


  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    your doing better than me still barely out the ground just sitting there image 

  • After 25 years of living in our house, suddenly last year for the first time two hollyhocks appeared.

    This year I have about six - and they're about 3 feet high already and growing like mad.  Just wish they didn't like to seed themselves at the front of the borders!

  • sarah18sarah18 Posts: 5

    I`d love my hollyhocks to seed. Are you doing anything Supernanauna to enable them, to grow like mad?

  • My very old neighbour has had them in her garden for years.  A couple of times she gave me baby plants, but they didn't survive.

    The ones I got last year must have come from seeds blown over from her garden - and I assume the same thing has happened this year.

    Absolutely nothing to do with me!

  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 370

    It could be the weather as mine are shorter than usual.  Have you fed them?  It might help

  • ginagibbsginagibbs Posts: 756

    I have tried 3 times to get hollyhocks going from seed and had very mixed results.

    Any tips?


  • sarah18sarah18 Posts: 5

    I started off feeding them and then read somewhere that they should be given compost feeds so I`ve been doing that, multipurpose compost mixed with john innes.

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