Hollyhocks seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Pt.Pleasant Beach, NJ
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Question by McD403r
August 5, 2007
My hollyhocks have pretty well finished flowering.
There are many sed pods on the stems. an these be
planted now or wait till spring.Can you plant the wwhole pod or open it and get all the seeds
separated? Also when do you cut the canes back?

Answer from NGA
August 5, 2007
Wait until the seeds are fully ripe and about to fall out before harvesting. Separate the seeds before planting. You can plant them now, or let them fall from the plants and plant themselves. Or, you can save them to start next spring either indoors or in the garden.

Cut the stalks back when all the flowers have faded, or if you want to save seeds, wait until after the seed has ripened. Or, you can wait until frost has killed the foliage and cut it back then.

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