The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Hollyhocks

Question: I put some Hollyhocks in this year. I think the spot was good, but I planted them too close together not realizing how big they would get. They didn't flower, and I'd like to transplant them so they have more room. Could I do it now during 'bulb planting time', or should I wait 'till next spring? If I do it next year, think they'll flower?

Answer: Aren't the leaves huge! Most hollyhock varieties don't bloom until their second year. Some plants will go on and act like perennials, but others will fade away once they bloom. At the base of the plant, however, you may find smaller sideshoots which can be transplanted in early spring. To be honest, late November is very late to transplant perennials (they need time to reestablish before winter); in my experience it would be better to wait until spring. It's difficult to transplant a large hollyhock successfully (although smaller seedlings move quite easily), so you might want to wait until after they bloom to try it. Also, remember that the tops are very tall and slim; they may actually look better crowded together (as long as they have full sun along with adequate water and nutrients). Good luck with your hollyhocks!

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