The Q&A Archives: Transplant Hollyhocks

Question: What should I do about several hollyhock plants that were recently given to me? They are single, about twenty inches tall and are experiencing transplant shock.(They should reach a height of about 4 ft) The leaves are wilting. Can they be saved if I cut them down? I have other alceas growing in the same soil, we have full sun and they have plenty of water. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer: Due to their deep root, hollyhocks just plain resent transplanting once they have passed the (small) seedling stage, so there may not be much you can do except wait and see if they make it. You might try trimming some of them back to about a foot tall and see if it helps. In the meantime, make sure the soil stays moist but not sopping wet. If they don't take, perhpas you could try some seed from the parent plants instead. If you plant it this summer you might have blooms next year.

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