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Hollyhocks are indisputably lovely – their towering stems and open saucer flowers, the epitome of a cottage garden. The only trouble with hollyhocks is that they are susceptible to rust, but this Alcea ficifolia variety has better resistance than most.
|Sowing:||Sow May-July, in modules, 2 seeds to each cell.||Site:||Full sun, fairly poor but well drained soil.||Height:||H. 1m (3ft)||Spacing:||Plant 45cm apart.||Hardiness:||Hardy||Care tips:||For larger, finer plants grow as biennials sowing under glass in the summer and planting out that autumn.||Flowers:||❀ Late spring - autumn||For the vase:||Sear their stems for 20 secs before giving them a deep cool drink. Use their full height with either several colours jumbled together or a single colour in a stately vase.|