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how big should hollyhocks get the first year?

18 years ago

I planted hollyhock seeds in the spring and transplanted them into beds a few months back. They're still only about four inches high at the most, and some of them are still very small. I know they don't bloom the first year, but aren't they supposed to make more progress than this?

What am I doing wrong? It's been a little dry, but I've watered them about once a week, and I've fertilized them and mulched the bed with compost. Any advice?

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