Turkish Hollyhock SEED ,Perennial flowers
ALCEA pallida HollyhockLovely foliage with silvery undersides. Single flowers. Hollyhocks are one of the most cherished garden plants. A rare and beautiful Hollyhock with exquisite scalloped, lavender pink flowers with pale green centres. These gorgeous blooms pack the tall stems which can grow up to 1.8m. Highly rust resistant and will self seed readily. First year flowering. A truly lovely species which deserves to be more widely grown.
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Family: Malvaceae
- Origin: Southwestern Europe
- Special Features:
- Basic Colour: (pink / salmon)
- Flower Colour: lilac-rose
- Natural Flowering Period: May - September
- Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z8
- Foliage: almost orbicular to heart shaped, grey-silver underneath
- Growth Habit: upright, erect
- Height with Flowers: 180 cm
- Spacing between Plants: 75 cm
- Soil Requirements: well-drained / average
|Best Sowing Date
||late autumn - early spring|
|Sowing to Germination:||2 - 3 weeks|
|Germination to Transplant:||4 - 8 weeks|
|Transplanting to Potting:||6 - 10 weeks|
These perennial seeds germinate very irregularly over a long period. Lower temperatures of less than +5°C [41°F] are very effective. Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained. Do not leave in direct sunlight. For Alstroemeria we recommend to keep sowing for 3 weeks at approximately +30°C [86°F], then 3 weeks at +5°C [41°F], then at +21°C [70°F].
Container Size(s): 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: There is no current research on vernalization but a prudent recommendation for any perennial would be 6-12 weeks (a few might need 15 weeks!) at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)