Hollyhocks (Alcea) aren't the best cut flower by any means. They tend to wilt most of the time. That said, I have had them last very well as cuts, and I can't figure out why. I suspect there is an ethylene response at play, and proper hydration needs to be acheived before cut flower use. I see more folks trying them so I wanted to list some for experimental purposes. I would grow these for event work only, with a caveat to the customer that they may wilt in some situations. If you know the secret to keep cut hollyhocks happy, kindly let me know!
Spring Celebrities is a short series, growing to a very manageable 24-36" in height. You may know my disdain of dwarf plants, but in this case it could be useful to have compact series that stays a manageable in height. Standard hollyhocks can easily reach 8' in height making them unwieldily cut flowers.
Planted in spring to early summer this series will generally flower in their first year. If planted in late summer to early fall expect these to behave as biennials, and flower the following year.
Grown in a 128 tray, billed as 125.
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