Perennials are flowers that never cease to come back every year, this way the plant can continuously renew itself. This has led many to call perennials a one-hit-wonder. This is exactly why they have been such a popular choice for many gardeners.
One of the most popular perennial flowers is the hollyhock. It may seem easy to pick the seed pods of the hollyhocks, but as with most seeds, this can be a hard task to accomplish. Many people will make the mistake of picking the hollyhock plants in the spring because by then the plant will be quite big.
Once you plant the hollyhock seeds, you are well on your way to having a lovely hollyhock garden. This plant thrives in moist conditions and does well in most parts of the garden. It can even survive the winter in the ground if it isn’t bothered by frost.
The type of soil you use for your hollyhock planting should be very well-drained. A garden peat moss mixture may be used if the soil is not so well-drained. This allows the hollyhock to soak up all the water that it needs. They love high moisture, so make sure the soil is well-drained before planting the seeds.
To get the best flowering time for your hollyhock, try planting it in a flower bed about two to three feet apart. This will allow for adequate sunlight to reach the bottom of the plant. After the flowers have bloomed, you can choose to either replant them or leave them alone.
When planting the seeds, start by dividing the flower bed into sections. Pick the different sections and plant them to the seed you want to grow. If it is the seeds of another variety, just move it to a separate section.
Keep in mind that it takes about four weeks for the seedlings to reach their full size. The shorter the flower beds are, the longer it will take for the plant to come back with the new plants. On the other hand, if the flower beds are too long, the plants will grow too big for the space. Remember that this will affect the size of the flowers you can have.
After the plants have gone about four weeks, you can then start planting in the late summer. You will still need to water them though, as the wet conditions can cause them to lose moisture. Be sure to water deeply, so you don’t accidentally kill your plants. The last thing you want is to have a garden that is constantly wet and without any green leaves!
In the early fall, you can then begin transplanting the plants that have been planted before the cold weather set in. Take care to keep the transplant pots off the ground to let the roots continue to thrive. Plant the trays directly into the garden to save them from the ground.
For some areas of your garden, it may be necessary to move the flowers over to the flower beds. Always move carefully, and make sure to dig the hole deep enough to bury the roots as they push up into the air. This should be done in the springtime when the roots are just about ready to be transplanted. Check the soil before moving the flower pots to see if they will be healthy in the garden.
Remember, planting perennials is a great way to get new life into your garden. There are so many varieties of these beautiful plants that it can be difficult to decide which ones to plant. With a little research, you’ll be able to find some pretty ones and bring new life to your garden!