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Flick ([personal profile] flick) wrote2016-11-23 04:05 pm

Experimental gardening

I planted a load of hollyhocks this year, and a couple of them were a lovely very dark purple. I saved seed from one of those, and have several pots of seedlings in the conservatory, but I wasn't sure if they'd come true so on the advice of the internet I've just taken some root cuttings from one of them, as well.

It's only after doing so that I noticed that all the sites saying that root cuttings work really well for hollyhocks are American, all the UK sites just say to grow them from seed.

I'm now wondering if American hollyhocks are actually a completely different plant: anyone know?
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[personal profile] birguslatro 2016-11-24 07:06 am (UTC)(link)
Hollyhocks grow from their stumps again (as long as they don't rot during the winter), but I think seeds are probably preferred because the plants look nicer than the ones grown from last year's stumps.
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[personal profile] birguslatro 2016-11-25 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
Short-lived perennial seems a reasonable definition of a biennial to me!

Simple solution: When in doubt, try everything! Just remember to label which is which...

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[personal profile] birguslatro 2016-11-25 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
Or record where and when you sowed/planted them in your garden diary...