Cottage Gardening forum: Hollyhock seed saving?

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Name: Angela
Jacksonville, NC (Zone 8a)
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dayliliesandart
Jun 3, 2016 7:17 AM CST
Good morning,

I have a tall country romance hollyhock. It's a soft pink color and is a stunner in the garden. I have two questions, to those that know about hollyhock.

1. How and when do I know it's time to harvest the seeds?

2. Since this is my only hollyhock in bloom, will the seeds produce the same pink flowers?

I'm new to growing hollyhock, but am falling in love with them very quickly.

Thanks for your help. Here is a picture of the hollyhock..I suspect I will have many seeds for trading. Big Grin


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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
Jun 3, 2016 9:03 PM CST
I love them too. That pink is so pretty. When a flower falls off, it will leave a little round wheel like seed pod. Leave it alone until it turns brown and opens easily. In each wheel, there will be numerous flat seeds. They are easy to find and harvest. Good luck. I don't know if it will be the same color. Maybe it will be pollinated by a different color and you will get a new colored hh. Not sure how that works with them.
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Name: Angela
Jacksonville, NC (Zone 8a)
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dayliliesandart
Jun 4, 2016 5:57 AM CST
Thanks so much Missy!!!

That helps a lot! It's the only hollyhock around, so I'm hoping it will produce pink seeds. Crossing Fingers!

Thank You!
Angela
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Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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javaMom
Jun 9, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Mine grow the same color from the seeds (dark red/burgundy), it's just you have to plant quite a bit of seeds, mine do not have much successful rate...This year I have 5 grown out of the bunches I scattered (maybe it will be better to start in the pots) then the rain broke two of the tallest one....
Name: Angela
Jacksonville, NC (Zone 8a)
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dayliliesandart
Jun 9, 2016 10:54 PM CST
Thanks javaMom,

I love the darker colors. Lovey dubby I started mine inside in little peat pots. Germination was super good. I also tried starting in the garden beds. Not one survived. I'm sorry yours were knocked over by the rain. That's awful. I have two other hollyhock coming along from last year, but they did not bloom. Do they sometimes bloom the third year even? I bought my seed from Burpees. I'm excited to save the seed. Would love to trade with you for the darker hollyhock.
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