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I have a three yr old hollyhock at my old home in OR. Since its not yet gone up for sale (the home), what can I do with it? Its so pretty, going straight up right next to a red bud tree.
I have transplanted small ones but I am not sure about a big one. Of course can save seeds from it. The best hollyhocks I have had that I think are hardy and easy to transplant are Country Romance. I started seeds from several different kinds and planted out in the spring and the Country Romance bloomed the first year. They get tall and single bloom. I found new seed last year and I think they are the ones that are blooming now. I like the double bloom but they just do not seem as strong or as tall.
 

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I seldom sow directly, except carrots in the raised beds. It's difficult for any young plants to compete with weeds and endure bad weather conditions. For the annual flowers, I usually pinched them 2-3 times and kept them until they had robust root systems. They usually grow quite well after transplantation.

I also love hollyhocks! But it is difficult for them to grow well here - too many pests. I did try several times and decided to give them up as it takes too much effort to care for them.
Some of my hollyhocks have holes in the leaves. I am going to pay attention and see if it is a certain variety. I also have not had good luck with planting flower seeds directly.
 

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See the maroon flowers going up alongside the tree trunk? My hollyhock.
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A have a friend who loves her hollyhocks and has grown them for years. They reseed every year and she says that you never know What colors you will get. They have full sun and get like 9 ft tall.
I Think they need both full sun AND Really good drainage. I notice @Phaedra Geiermann that your garden is fenced in. Perhaps when seeded directly in the soil it gets too wet for them?
Perhaps you could make one of your numerous small raised beds and try maybe 6 seeds.
YES, they would stand out to your next door neighbors. :gig
She NEVER fertilizes her hollyhocks OR ANYTHING ELSE!!
She is a Veteranarian, has limited gardening time.
I brought her 3 bales of straw and 5 bags of soiled horse bedding, plenty of manure in itl
I piled it where she told me to, and, 5 years later, she hasn't used any of it.
By now, it would be WELL rotted.
So, the soil isn't great, mostly clay, proably their grow spot had been amended at some point, not lately, and her hollyhocks love it. Maybe they are being ferilized by previous hollyhocks end of season?
Hate it when somebody is successful without meaning to be, and you can't replicate it!
Just FYI, but I Totally understand how hollyhocks aren't on your radar right now.
 

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