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Carnival Mix, Hollyhock Seeds

Hollyhocks are an impressively beautiful flower with stalks that can reach up to nine feet tall. The added vertical element will create a unique appeal to your garden.

Before Planting: Direct sow hollyhock seeds outdoors a week before the last frost date. However, if you are planting from seedlings, wait until two or three weeks after the last frost to transplant them outdoors.

Planting: Plant seeds only 1/4 inch deep and space them at least two feet apart.

Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist.

Fertilizer: Hollyhocks do not require a lot of added nutrition, but some extra fertilizer or compost may aid in growth a bit.

Days to Maturity: Hollyhocks will bloom all summer long, however have a short blooming period.

Harvesting: When cutting hollyhock stems to add to a bouquet, the flowers will stay fresh longer if you cauterize the bottom of the stem.

Tips: Rust is a common problem attacking hollyhocks. To prevent this issue, be sure to water from below, treat with fungicide and make sure the plant has good air circulation.

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Variety Information: PURPLE: Purple skin, orange interior, tapered roots. RED: Red skin, yellow interior, rounded ends. YELLOW: Yellow skin, yellow interior, tapered roots. WHITE: White skin, white interior, rounded ends. ORANGE: Orange skin, orange interior, tapered roots.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 45°F, ideally 60°–85°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 10 to 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date. In very warm climates, carrots are grown primarily in fall, winter, and spring.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; root disturbance stunts growth.

Days to Emerge: 10–25 days

Seed Depth: ¼”

Seed Spacing: 1″

Row Spacing: 6″

Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 3″

Harvesting: For best flavor and texture, harvest carrots any time before, and until they reach their optimal size. Peak harvest period lasts about 3 weeks, longer in the fall. Late summer-sown carrots are sweetened after having been kissed by light frost; however, harvest before soil freezes, which may destroy the crop. In USDA zone 5 or warmer, carrots can be left in the ground for storage provided they are heavily mulched; harvest as needed on days the ground is not frozen.