Alcea ficifolia | AlbaRegular price $12.00 Save $-12.00
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