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Hollyhock Crème de Cassis

Hollyhock Crème de Cassis.  Scrumptious veined flowers in juicy blackcurrant, fade to paler berry shades around the edges of each double, semi-double and single bloom, that can miraculously be found on each stem.

Height: 150-180cm (5-6ft).

Sow

February – March or September – October

Flowers 

July – August

How to Sow

Sow February to March or September to October. Germinate at 15-20C (59-68F) on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 14-21 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination.Alternatively, sow late summer in a cool greenhouse and overwinter plants in cool, well lit conditions. Plant out the following spring. This produces larger plants and is recommended if the soil is heavy or badly drained.  Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm (3in) pots. Grow on in cooler conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 45cm (18in) apart.

Culinary note

Try crystallising the flowers for a tasty cake decoration, or use them to make a delicately flavoured syrup to use with puddings.  

£2.99

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