Puriri Lane | Alcea ficifolia | Alba

Alcea ficifolia | Alba

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perfect for pollinators

Alcea ficifolia is also known as the  Fig-leaved hollyhock or Russian Hollyhock.   The pure white form of this lovely Hollyhock is considered to be more rust resistant than other varieties and quite stunning and is ideal for brightening up the darker parts of the garden.  The flower stems rise from low basal foliage. 

Deadheading hollyhock plants isn’t actually necessary, but it is considered to be good practice. It can help keep the plants to repeat flower as well as keeping them neat and tidy looking. Deadheading is going to help them flower often right up to the first frost. We would also recommend removing dead and damage leaves to improve not only the look but it will provide you with a healthier plant. 

Towards the end of the growing season in Autumn when most of the flowers are finished, leave some seed pods on the stalk, and this way they will develop, drop seed and provide you with new plants for the coming season.  You can always move these to other locations once they get a little bigger. Some seedlings may have a pink tinge to the flowers.

Hollyhocks need full sun and moist, rich, well drained soil, do not plant them in dry soil.

Hollyhocks in Auckland can be a challenge although I do persevere and whilst we do tend to suffer a bit of rust due to our humidity, we do get them to flower although not as tall as you will if you live in a cooler climate although, I do see them around Auckland such as at Alberton House in Auckland where they grow very tall so give it a go if you want this divine plant in your garden. Plant hollyhock flowers with adequate space between them so that airflow will prevent collection of moisture. 

Neem oil, can be used to help with rust and many organic gardeners swear by baking soda for garden fungus control. I have read that the efficacy of a baking soda spray may be enhanced by mixing it with light horticultural oil, so will be trying that this year as I must have these flowering in my garden!

Staking is necessary to hold these tall plants up as wind will knock them down. Planting with a wall behind them or in front of a fence that you can tie them to is also a great spot.

Hollyhocks have a long taptoot so do not like to be disturbed once planted so be sure to choose your position well, and when removing the plant from the bag, do not tease the roots out, simply cut the bag on all four sides, prepare your plant hole and pop the plant in and firm it down.

Being a bienniel, they will put on leaf growth in the first year before flowering in the second year and then setting seed.

We also have some other lovely colours of Hollyhocks which you can find here.

Bienniel | Winter dormant 

Height 1.5m -1.8m 

Plant size PB2 | Equivalent 1.2 litres 

If you are ordering plants you can get up to 12 plants or a selection of plants, gifts and garden-wares into a box for the below rates 
      • Auckland City | $10
      • Upper North Island | $20 (Northland)
      • Middle North Island | $20 (Bay of Plenty & Waikato)
      • Lower North Island | $20
      • South Island | $25
      • Waiheke - Please select Rural Delivery at checkout
      • Outer lying islands, please contact us for a quote.
Smaller items such as books, stationery and other items can be sent for a lesser rate which you will see at checkout - From $6

Upon checking out, the freight charged is applied based on your location.  If you are rural please select the rural option as rural delivery is an additional $7 Please note the courier will not release your order for delivery if the incorrect option has been selected and we will email you re settlement of the outstanding amount.  

  • All of our orders are dispatched using Aramex (formerly Fastways) fully tracked service   
  • Our freight is calculated by weight and volume.  For plant orders, you may wish to order the maximum number of plants that will fit in a box to make freight more cost-effective or perhaps share an order with a friend
  • Plant orders will only be dispatched on Monday's and Tuesday's this will ensure that your order is not held in a depot over the weekend
  • All parcels are set at "Authority to leave" which means if you're not home at the time of delivery the courier will leave your parcel in a safe place on your property
  • Most Aramex deliveries are a two-day service with the exception of rural delivery which may add up to two days.
  • If you are wanting more than twelve plants, get in contact with us for a quote for freight
  • Corten steel garden stakes are considered over size for rural delivery so these can be sent but you will need to collect these from your local depot 

All rates detailed are for parcels up to 15kgs

Please note that on occasion Aramex may deem an area to be rural where other companies may not, this unfortunately is outside of our control as Aramex are the preferred courier for live plants, as other couriers will not transport them. Where this occurs we will need to get in touch to get you to deposit the additional rural fee


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