Transplanting Hollyhocks

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To transplant hollyhocks, pull the plant out of the ground, store the plant in a bucket of water, and replant as soon as possible. Cover the roots and leave the stem of a hollyhock plant exposed when planting with instructions from a sustainable gardener... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to transplant hollyhocks. Now, hollyhocks are one of the most beautiful plants you can have in your garden. They get eight, nine feet tall with beautiful, paper-rose type flowers all the way up and down that are just gorgeous. And they just bloom and bloom and bloom and bloom. So the best time to transplant a hollyhock is when it's not blooming. And now it's December, and my friend Debbie had a bunch of 'em in her yard, so I asked her for some starts. So, literally, she just pulled them out of the ground. So as long as you've got a root and a stem they will grow. And you can start 'em by seed in the spring, as well, but transplanting 'em by root is the easiest thing that you can do. And the winter, or in the fall or early spring is the best time to do it. So you just pull 'em right out of the ground. You could dig 'em up, too, but they'll pull right out. And we just turned 'em around and put 'em in a bucket of water. And I'm just going to keep them in this water 'til I transplant 'em. And what happens is they just continue to grow roots right into the water. It's amazing. So you can transplant 'em right away, or if you want to store 'em for a bit, just leave 'em in the pot. And they don't look like much, they look like something you should throw away. But my theory with plants is, almost everything that goes dormant can be saved. And even if it looks tacky, all you do is chop some of the greens off, and as long as you've got a root, you will have a new plant next year. So the trick, too, is replant 'em as soon as possible. And, you can save the seeds on 'em and start the seeds, as well, but all of these little roots will start new plants. So, as long as the roots are covered and the stem is exposed, by next year I'll have a nice start. And it's always nice to cut 'em back to where there's some leaves, so that you know that they'll grow really well. But, I am just going to turn around and plant these about three inches deep so that the root's completely covered, in full, hot sun. They need a real sunny spot to do well. They do not like the shade at all. And really good drainage. And next summer, I am going to have hundreds of hollyhocks.