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By Alextb

London, England Eng

I have a tall burgundy double hollyhock and a white hollyhock with stunted growth.

A neighbour has expressed interest in some seeds for her London dial-a-ride driver, which I was happy to oblige.

Some of the seedheads have been on the plant for at least 2 months when the first sets started to die.

What colour shold they be when harvested. They have remained a light brown colour?

I ask, as it seems a long time and the plants (especially the tall one) look an eyesore in a heavy pedestrian and road traffic area on the estate.

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I harvest mine as soon as they have turned brown ( usually in August) and sow straight in to the ground. But if you sow in to seed compost and over winter indoors you may have a better/quicker result? The last picture looks like rust (some are more prone then others)I have one that is very rust prone but it still produces lovely abundant flowers. I gave up spraying for rust I just cut off the affected leaves. Also I think that last ones is far too dry against that wall, either water it much more or try moving it this autumn while you can still see it.

20 Oct, 2011


Both of mine have suffered with severe rust, and I have tried to keep on top of it.

So I take it that they should be light brown rather than black or dark brown as I was expecting.

I have included a new picture which shows how the seeds look.

20 Oct, 2011


Thats how my seeds look. Learn to live with the rust it does not stop the flowers. But I dont save seed from the rust prone ones.

20 Oct, 2011


They will have to do. They are the only ones I have.

I will harvest some and pass them on to my neighbour to give to her driver.

20 Oct, 2011


Thanks Denise.

20 Oct, 2011


I have finally cut the hollyhocks down. I was surprsied at just how thick the bottom of the main stem was.

Finally cleared some space.

21 Oct, 2011


Best to put it in the council green bin and not to put it in the compost as it has rust.

21 Oct, 2011


My Council don't have a green bin service. They just charge you per bag you put out. The charges have gone up a lot over the pat few years.

It will have to go to landfill I'm afraid.

21 Oct, 2011


Sorry Alex I thought everyone had that service. I fill mine every 2 weeks with all the stuff too tough to go in the compost.

21 Oct, 2011


No, we have to opt in and buy the bags and pay for every bag we put out.

22 Oct, 2011


That must be so costly.

22 Oct, 2011


It is. So I never use that service.

22 Oct, 2011



23 Oct, 2011

How do I say thanks?

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