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Growing Tips and Information for Alcea

Updated on November 11, 2012
Alcea rosea
Alcea rosea | Source
Alcea Rosea
Alcea Rosea | Source
alcea rosea
alcea rosea | Source

Flower gardening is a great hobby. It can be very relaxing to spend an afternoon tending your garden. And, the results are an abundance of lovely flowers to add color and fragrance to your yard or patio. Here are some tips to help you grow Alcea, or Hollyhock, in your home flower garden.

Alcea flowers are a lovely saucer shape. The plants can be used with other perennials or used as a stand-alone specimen. They should be used in the back of a border or along fences and walls. They make a beautiful backdrop to other, shorter, flowering or green plants.

The Alcea grows in varying heights, depending on the variety. It can be from 2 to 8 inches tall. The leaves will be from 8 to 12 inches long. It can be described as an erect, showy plant that has coarse rounded or lobed foliage. The flowers ranges from 3 to 4 inches wide and can be single or double blossoms. It also has a wide range of flowers. Your Alcea plants will thrive in temperature zones 2 through 9. Be sure to check any instructions that come with your plants to be sure they will do well in your area.

Rich soil will help your Alcea grow well. It should be well-drained and in full sun or partial shade. For summer blooming, sow your seeds in the winter months. You can also plant the seeds during the summer, but no flowers will appear until the next growing season. Be sure to keep an eye out for Rust and spider mites. These will cause orange spots or yellow stippling on the leaves of your plants. Sulfur dust will help with the rust infection. For spider mites, use an insecticidal soap spray.

The blooms will appear during the summer and early fall months. And, you will get more flowers if you plants your Alcea in full sun. The flowers will open over a long period, so you will be able to enjoy them for a bit longer than some.

Alcea, or hollyhocks, make a lovely addition to any flower garden. Hopefully, these tips will help you grow wonderful specimens of Alcea in your home borders or as an accent. You will enjoy these beautiful flowers for many years to come.


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