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Hollyhocks, or alcea, include both biennials and short lived perennials, but some varieties will bloom the first year if started from seed indoors. Sow the seeds indoors six to eight weeks before your last frost date. At a temperature of 70 to 85 degrees, the seeds take one to two weeks to germinate. For quicker germination, soak the seeds in water overnight.
For flowers the second year, direct seed your hollyhocks outdoors two weeks after your last frost date.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|