What plant is this?

Asked September 25, 2019, 10:56 AM EDT

What plant/flower is this? I know the seeds are in the little packets along the stems. I have tried planting the seeds by dispersing them on the soil, but have not had any luck growing more plants. Are there any special procedures for growing the seeds?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Hi - This looks like a hollyhock flower (Alcea sp.). The seeds can be sown in late summer about two months before frost. If you have not seen seedlings appear from the seeds you planted, the area may be been two dry. Keep the area moist and you might still get seed germination this fall. It can about 10-14 days for the seeds to germinate. The seeds should be pressed just into the surface of the soil; don't plant too deeply.

If you want to try planting in the spring, you could store some of the dry seeds in a bag in your refrigerator over winter. Then plant them in containers of moist soil in early spring to germinate. Then you can plant them out into your garden.

Here is a page about growing hollyhocks. https://extension.sdstate.edu/growing-hollyhocks