Alcea rosea Nigra - Black Hollyhock 20 Seeds -unique variety
Alcea rosea Nigra - Black Hollyhock 20 Seeds -unique variety Click image to enlarge
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Tall strong stems bearing chocolate maroon flowers, becoming almost black. This is a unique variety creating an impressive impact against most backgrounds. Work well in cottage-style borders and equally well in a contemporary, minimalist garden. Position: full sun Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil. Flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and bees, fully hardy In autumn give the plants a good trim back to 15cm (6in) from the ground. Eventual height: 2m Eventual spread: 60cm
Sowing: Sow in February to June or September to October
Seed is best sown in a cold frame in spring or autumn but can also be sown directly where they are to flower
Fill pots or trays with a peaty compost. Sow the seeds on the surface and cover with a fine layer of sieved compost. Keep the surface of the compost moist. Germination usually takes 7 to 21 days.
Alternatively, sow in late spring into a well raked bed ensuring that the soil is fine and crumbly. Scatter the seed, rake lightly and firm down well. Keep well watered and weeded in early stages.
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