" src="http://www.realgardeners.co.uk/images/smileys/hello.gif"> - I have a question . I was reading your info on
Hollyhocks on your website and I noticed you had grow as an annual.
Now I'm confused.
Being in zone 5 USA , hollyhocks here are biennial . The first year I get foliage , the second year I get blooms .Then the plant dies.Any I have for the next
year is only from the seed.
Are they perennial for you and do they bloom first year ?
Trying to keep me on my toes are you
Its all three really;
To explain the main reason for growing it as an annual is its susceptablity to rust.
In normal circumstances it would be grown as a bienneial as you say.
But I find if I sow it early enough under heated conditions I can push the growth along and get it to flower like an annual.
The perennial thing is, as it is with many so called biennials, they will carry on flowering annually providing you can keep them disease free.
That double variety I showed in the forum has been flowering for years, the pale pink one has been grown as a biennial, so I don't know how long I am likely to keep that, only time will tell.
Does that answer your question?