Dividing Hollyhocks - Knowledgebase Question

Scottsdale, AZ
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Question by Peonylvr5
April 13, 1999
I have a double pink hollyhock that I started from seed 4 or 5 years ago. I cut it back each year after it's done blooming and now it's grown so large that it's taking over one whole end of the garden. I am wondering if there is some way to divide it? I have other areas in the yard to put transplants, but I'm afraid to move this plant since it's doing so well. Also, for some reason, I haven't been successful at propagating seeds saved from this plant. Any tips are appreciated.

Answer from NGA
April 13, 1999
That's great that you've had such good luck with your hollyhock! Hollyhocks are perennial, but since they frequently succumb to a common rust disease they are often treated as a biennials. They do, however, readily self-sow, so it's possible you are seeing multiple generations of plants. Have a look around the perimeter of the plant to see if you can find some seedlings--these are probably your best bet for transplanting, rather than trying to divide your thriving plant.

Hollyhock seeds need light to germinate, so when you sow, don't bury the seeds--simply press them onto the surface of the moist growing medium.

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