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I would like to know if it is possible to grow a Hollyhocks from a stem cutting?
The other day I became a little over excited and bought a few cheep sell off plants at a local garden centre. In all the mad rush and polite fighting between other customers I went and bought a dilapatid hollyhocks. Anyway started to plant it today and it seems one of the stalks has simply been broken off by something or someone before purchase and just popped back into soil, grrrrr. I have it in water at the moment and the rooting homorne on standby should the water not do the trick in producing a root.
Bit more information about the stem I have in water as there are two flowers blooming on it at current but did manage to say one side of the plant which does have a root, so at least my £1.00 plant was not a complete waste.
Thanks in advance,
Hollyhocks are perennials so the bit with the root will grow and flower next year. The bit that you put into water should root if there is a nubbly bit at the root end and not just a chopped off bit of stem like a cut flower. But if it's in water then it will need a bit of help so I would cut off the flower. In fact I would trim the whole thing down to about 8 inches or so and pull off any big or damaged leaves because it wll lose water through these.
Thanks Waterbutts, will have a look at the little fella I have and see what i can do. Think you'll start having to charge for your advice ha ha
Oh I can waffle on all day long. Nobody usually listens. Family have got special ears that roll up when I start....
How do I take a cutting from my existing plant?
I would take a root cutting during the plant's dormant season usually between November and February. It is the easiest way.
Rhonda, you can take root cuttings from hollyhocks https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=407
I'd also collect some seeds after they've flowered and sow them.
I love Hollyhocks ... this year I've had about 10 different colours and two flower stems that were easily 9' high! Though I plant seeds from the old flowers each year, the ones which do best (and grow the tallest) are the ones which escape when I'm collecting the seeds and bed themselves between my slabs. Reading all the comments it would seem that such conditions are ideal. They get plenty of water (cos the rain drains off the slabs into the joins), they are in direct sunlight, the slabs were laid on sand which ensures drainage AND the 1'' gap enables the plant to have support right at the base so they don't even need staking. It makes for an interesting walk across the patio but they are just stunning ; )))