Answer: For the most part, hollyhocks are considered biennials which means they grow for a full season, winter over, and then bloom the second year during the summer. After that, they set seed and die, although occasionally an individual hollyhock plant will act as a short lived perennial and last another year or two. Sometimes, if started very early from seed, they will bloom the first year. They do best in a rich, evenly moist yet well drained soil (meaning not soggy) and require full sun. They may also need a support if grown in a windy location.
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