Should I offer mature hollyhock plants for trade?

phrecklesSeptember 9, 2006

I have at least a half dozen large hollyhock plants that bloomed beautifully this year, and now I want to remove them from the space they were in. I started them from seed only this year, and so I think they have at least another year on their lives. I'd hate to just toss them in the compost pile.

Do people trade hollyhock plants in the exchange forum? I don't know if it's worth it because they seem quite easy to grow from seed (in my growing area at least). Plus I don't know if they ship well. If it's been done before with some success, then I'd feel more comfortable offering them in a trade.

Also, any tips on how to prepare the hollyhocks for shipping would be most appreciated.

Thanks!

Myles

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micke(6)

Hollyhocks are kind of scary to trade in my opinion. I have transplanted some from my mom's garden and some make it others don't and that is just 1 hour out of the ground, they wilt real quick, but I know people that want them and do trade for them, so maybe they know something I don't. your right they are easy to grow from seed, but some people are impatient for blooms sooner rather then later or maybe they just don't like to grow from seed. good luck!
micke

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 11:02PM
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fgilles02420(z6 MA)

I'd recommend against it. Mature hollyhock plants have several major taproots (not a fibrous root system) which you will almost surely sever digging them up. I don't think they would mail well and survive.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 6:23AM
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dustydigger(z4/5 NY)

I will only send 1st year HH's in early Spring.. once the tap root gets going they don't like moving... Same with Lupines.

~Dusty~

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 11:46AM
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