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Feb 12, 2012 10:14 AM CST
|If anyone grows hollyhocks from seed, have you had any issues with rust? |
I was hesitant to buy a plant given the possibility of rust spores being in the plant so ordered some seeds to start indoors and then plant out. Will also direct sow some of the seeds to evaluate growth differences.
What, if any, rust issue did you have?
Thanks for the help.
Feb 12, 2012 11:21 AM CST
|Julia, there is a little discussion about rust in the Companion Planting Forum. Might be a tidbit of info you could use from there. Don't know.|
The thread "Companion success stories" in Companion Planting forum
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Feb 12, 2012 12:14 PM CST
|I have wintersowed hollyhocks from seed (wintersown) and the flowers were beautiful. But the foliage was butt ugly with rust and bugs. Bleh!|
Feb 12, 2012 12:22 PM CST
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Feb 13, 2012 7:05 AM CST
kqcrna said:I have wintersowed hollyhocks from seed (wintersown) and the flowers were beautiful. But the foliage was butt ugly with rust and bugs. Bleh!
How disappointing. Were you growing a specific type? Double, single or ?
Feb 13, 2012 8:30 AM CST
|I can't swear to the type, but I think they might have been Charters mix.|
If you google "hollyhock pests and diseases" you'll see that these things aren't uncommon.
Feb 14, 2012 7:46 AM CST
|I wintersowed and had great black blooms in the second season. Rust is a problem here.I dont grow them anymore.|