Single Packet of 300 Seeds
Grow a garden filled with Black Hollyhock flowers, from freshly harvested Alcea rosea flower seeds. Black Hollyhock is a gorgeous, deep mahogany colored flower which blooms through the summer months. The plants stand to a towering height of roughly 60 inches tall, displaying several, almost black blooms along it's erect stems. A perfect choice for cottage gardens, the Black Hollyhock can be seen on farms and in many home gardens. It is popularly used as a backdrop plant and can be planted along fences as well. For a gorgeous contrast, try planting Black Hollyhock in front of a white fence, or along the perimeter of your white house. These plants are known to attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and hummingbirds as well.
Grown as a biennial flowering plant, Black Hollyhock will grow quickly, establishing a deep root system. The plants will then wilt on the surface due to the freezing temperatures of winter, later returning the following spring. Biennials such as this are known to flower the second year. You can however achieve blooms in the first growing season, if the plants are started early enough. Hollyhock plants are known to readily self seed, so they are often seen as a perennial flowering plant. The seeds can either be collected at the end of the season, when all of the blooms have dried out, or they can drop to the bare ground beneath.
Sowing The Seed
Hollyhock seeds are best started indoors, 8 to 10 weeks prior to the last frost. They should be started in peat pots, so that they can be directly transplanted later on. Peat pots will prevent root shock, allowing your plants to flourish when they are placed in the garden. Start by sowing the seeds at a depth of 1/4" under topsoil. Transplant, or direct sow into the garden when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
Hollyhock plants will enjoy an area of full sunlight for the majority of the day. Make sure that temperatures are at least 70F or higher. The soil should be fertile and rich in organic matter. It will also need to be well drained as well. To increase your drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any areas that consist of hard, compact soil. Water the soil daily so that the seeds receive plenty of moisture until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
Hollyhock seeds are known to germinate within roughly 10 to 25 days after sowing. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of 60 inches tall and can spread a good 12 to 14 inches wide. Spacing your Hollyhock plants about 18 to 24 inches apart is recommended. The plants are known to readily self seed, allowing you to keep them alive for years to come. They also look best as a backdrop plant due to their towering growth habit.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.