Alcea rosea 'Nigra'


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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Flower colour: dark chocolate-maroon
  • Other features: the flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and bees
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Towering spires open from the base upwards to reveal yellow-centred, chocolate-maroon flowers. Perfect for providing vertical interest in a sunny, well-drained border, it is traditionally associated with cottage gardens, however the dramatic colouring of this variety works equally well in contemporary planting schemes.

  • Garden care:Under glass, sow seeds 2mm deep in peat-based compost and keep moist (but not wet) until they germinate. Thin out when they are large enough to handle and pot on. Before planting out, gradually harden off before planting out after all risk of frost has passed. Alternatively, sow later in the year directly into a well-prepared bed. Seeds sown in autumn have a better chance of producing flowers in their first summer. Others usually wont flower until the following year.

  • Sow: April-September

  • Flowering: June-August

  • Approximate quantity: 50 seeds.

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  • Q:

    When should I plant Delphiniums, Foxgloves and Hollyhocks, and what will I gett in a pot?

    Hi there, I have a brand new, small, garden (approx. 36' by 30') and am in the process of creating borders. I'm aiming for fairly deep borders as I would like loads of cottage garden flowers. I am thinking of having a few evergreen / deciduous shrubs here and there to form some permanent interest. My gardening knowledge is more or less at the 'beginner' stage so I need some advice please. Is it okay to plant the shrubs now as long as the ground isn't frozen? When should I plant the perennials and annuals? Spring time? When I order for example Hollyhocks, Delphiniums and Foxgloves, and what do I get in the pot? Is it one plant that will produce one flowerhead? If I wanted to make a big colour impact, would I need to order loads of each plant? I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks, Lynn
    Asked on 10/12/2009 by Wilson Lynn

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    • A:

      Hello Lynn, You can plant any fully hardy plant at any time of the year
      as long as the ground is not frozen, but the ideal times are spring or
      autumn. Annuals only live for 1 year, some will flower in winter, while
      others flower in summer, so the planting time will depend on what type
      they are. As for the herbaceous perennials, these can be planted anytime
      as long as they are hardy, you will get 1 plant per pot. Each plant and
      species will produce flowers in different way. The ones you mention
      will generally produce 1 main flowerspike and a couple of smaller
      side-shoots, and if you cut them back when they start to fade you can
      often encourage a second flush later in the year. Finally then, if you
      want big impact, then yes you will need a lot of plants. I hope this
      helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 11/12/2009 by Wilson Lynn
  • Q:

    I have no flowers on my Hollyhock?

    I have a very leafy, healthy Hollyhock, but it does not appear to be going to flower. Have I used too much of the wrong fertiliser?? Is it possible to move it? Thank you Janet
    Asked on 12/7/2009 by jabeech

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    • A:

      Hello Janet, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or it can simply be concentrating on putting on new leaf growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser.

      Answered on 13/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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