The process of growing hollyhocks from seed is very easy and requires much less work than you'd think, given the beauty they'll add to your garden. The hollyhock is a restrained yet dazzling tall flower that makes a great addition to nearly any flowerbed. You can find hollyhocks in colors ranging from white to black, and almost any natural color in between. So why not make some space for hollyhocks in your garden!
Begin by acquiring seeds from a hollyhock. You can get them from a catalog or garden center, but if you've seen them in your neighborhood, just ask that friendly gardener if you can steal a handful! Verify that you're in an area where the hollyhock thrives; the USDA recommends growing them in Hardiness Zones 3-9. Begin planting your hollyhocks inside with the plan to move them outdoors once the time is right. The hollyhock normally blooms in July and stays around through September.
Plant your seeds about two months prior to the last frost, and be prepared for them not to bloom until their second year. Use enriched nutrient soil to help them along, planting at a depth of 1/4 inch because they can grow very long roots. Water deeply at first, trying to keep them moist at all times. Once the seedlings pop through and the last frost has passed, you can move the plants outdoors. Cover the roots with soil and spread the hollyhocks about 2 feet apart. Place in full sun exposure or in a bit of shade, keep watering and if you get lucky, the plants will bloom in their first year!