Answer: There's nothing you have to do in the spring except cut off any dead plant material. Don't cut it back....you'll be removing the flower buds. Give it a dose of fertilizer this May to get it going. After it has flowered, cut off the spent blooms. This will encourage more flowers! Hollyhocks are short-lived perennials. They may live and blossom for several years if their stalks are cut off at their bases after the blossoms fade, but these old plants will rarely flower as freely as young ones started from seed each year.
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