Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Apricot’
DWARF APRICOT HOLLYHOCK
Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Apricot’ is a recent release.
And it has been especially bred as a dwarf variety to suit small gardens and pots. As well as to be weather hardy and self supporting for the modern, low maintenance gardener.
However there have been no compromises with the size and beauty of the blooms.
Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Apricot’ bears full size blooms, like giant frilly powder-puffs swirled with shades of apricot, peach and rose.
But these striking blooms are borne on 80cm. stout strong flower stems.
So the whole plant is utterly eye-grabbing but in a small space.
Handsome foliage & impressive cut flowers
A handsome foliage clump is also an asset.
While the flower stems can be cut for majestic flower arrangements.
Or admired in the garden while they reel in the bees, beneficial pollinating insects and native honey-eater birds. All our flying friends adore them as much as we do.
So Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Apricot’ is a lovely feature in gardens of any size.
Water-wise & low maintenance
Alcea rosea are tough and easily grown in Full Sun to Part Shade.
Because they are hardy in heat, dry, frost and wide range of soils.
So Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Apricot’ will accept soils from sandy to clay, though it cannot tolerate waterlogged soils.
And can thrive in soils with a pH on both the acid and alkaline side of neutral.
While a little pampering with fertilizer, organic matter or compost will be rewarded with bumper flower towers.
And dousing with seaweed or fish emulsion products from time to time will really give them a health tonic.
Suitable for coastal gardens
Hollyhocks are also suitable for coastal gardens and exposed sites, as they do like to be well-aired. Though you may wish to give your flower laden spires some shelter from howling gales so they are not bowled over. But Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Apricot’ is usually happily self-supporting on very strong stems.
Alcea rosea is a thoroughly low maintenance plant, only needing to have the spent flower stems cut to the ground after each flowering session. And this also encourages more flower spires.
Happily it will gently self seed for you in suitable conditions, without ever becoming a nuisance.
Sadly for tropical gardeners, Hollyhocks are not suitable for very humid areas.
80m. High laden flower spires x 45cm. Wide evergreen foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & kids
Sow any time indoors in punnets, or scatter directly in garden from late winter to spring.
Sow the seeds on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then pat gently into the surface of the mix and only just barely cover with sieved mix, sand or vermiculite.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath.
And allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Then place punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 15-20°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
And continue to keep moist by placing a plastic lid or bag over the sown punnet, and misting the mix surface with a spray water bottle when required.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-21 days.
SEED COUNT: 5 large seeds per pack approx. (Seed of this unusual variety is scarce this year).
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