Planting and caring for hollyhocks - this is how it's done

Planting and caring for hollyhocks - this is how it's done

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Do you love unusual flowers? Then you should plant hollyhocks in your garden. They look great and require little maintenance.

Hollyhocks love a nutrient-rich soil

Individual hollyhocks can reach an impressive height of up to two meters, whereby their abundant blooming of flowers really makes this height really effective. In addition, the hollyhocks belonging to the mallow family are now available in many flower colors (white, yellow, pink and red tones, violet, sometimes even with filled calyxes), which can then be used to create pretty arrangements in the flower bed.

The Hollyhock is usually offered in the garden center as a two-year plant, although it is only in the second year that it blossoms. But specialized dealers now also have multi-year hollyhocks ready for garden cultivation.


By the way, you can make a tea from the petals of the hollyhock, which has a healing effect on coughs and sore throats.

Location selection and cultivation

Hollyhocks love a nutrient-rich soil in a sunny location. The location should also be protected from the wind and rain, because too much rain and strong wind can quickly cause the individual stems to break off. Especially since they have to bear the burden of the flowers anyway.

However, be aware from the outset that hollyhocks always reproduce on their own if you do not cut them off. You can influence this process, however, by opening the calyx, stealing the seed and planting it back into the soil - briefly raking in and vigorously watering!


Hollyhocks should be grown annually to ensure a constant bloom.

Hollyhocks on wooden fence |

Caring for hollyhocks properly


Especially in spring - until the flowers are fully developed - the hollyhock needs regular fertilizers, which supports its optimal growth and guarantees an impressive flower development from July to September.

»Loosen the soil:

Furthermore, when taking care of the roses, you should make sure that the soil around the individual plant shoots is always nice and loose, because the hollyhock does not like hardening of the soil.

" To water:

On top of that, it needs moisture that is as uniform as possible, which is why it should be poured at least twice a day, especially during longer dry periods.


Spreading bark mulch around the hollyhock ensures perfect moisture retention.

»Tie up Hollyhock stems:

Large hollyhocks can easily break off, whereas tying to a stick is recommended. Usually, small bamboo tubes are sufficient, which you put in the ground beforehand and to which you can then loosely tie the stems.