Please reccomend hollyhock or foxglove that blooms first year!

Lilyfinch z7 mid tnDecember 29, 2009

Im doing my seed shopping today online, and this is where im stuck! Has anyone had luck with any kind in particular blooming the first year? Thanks! :)

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trudi_d

Foxy is supposed to be a digitalis that will bloom first year. Majorette Hollyhock should bloom first year, may live a second or third but is definitely short lived. It's also a smaller hock, maybe about shoulder height.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 3:06PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

In my zone, Foxy will only bloom the first year if you sow it early inside.

Lois in PA

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 3:10PM
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poetmama(5)

I don't know if my Foxy have ever bloomed the first year, but they reseed nicely.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 4:51PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

My figleaf hollyhock bloomed the first year. Good thing, too. Rust ate it up and it died before the end of summer.

Malva zebrina is a relative and blooms from wintersown seed the first year.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 5:21PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Foxy bloomed first year for me (winter-sown). I think possibly the Camelot series blooms first year also, as well as plain old d. alba. Sorry I can't remember definitely on the last two, but if you look them up you should find info for them.

:)
Dee

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 6:05PM
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conniesc(5)

lilyfinch , I have some zebrina seeds and indian spring hollyhocks if you want them for sase. Just email if you are interested and I can set them aside for you.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 8:07PM
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mmqchdygg(Z5NH)

Hollyhock "Fiesta Time" is a FYF for me here in Z5NH. It's a dwarf one.

Here is a link that might be useful: T&M Link to it.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 12:48PM
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ghoghunter

Hollyhock "Summer Carnival" blooms first year from seed. I included a link so you can see what it looks like. I grew it once and it did bloom it's first year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Summer Carnival Hollyhock

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 2:33PM
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floodthelast(5 N. OH)

I have a pink malva that was labeled hollyhock first year bloomer. I can't remember who I got it from though. It bloomed well first year. I had one other light pink hollyhock that surprised me but it was unlabeled.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 4:31PM
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noinwi

I had some dwarf HH's bloom first year. I got the seeds at Farm and Fleet. Dwarf HH,'Majorette Mix', Livingston Seeds.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 5:38PM
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kimka(Zone 6B)

Camelot foxgloves have bloomed the first year for me.

KimKa

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 7:12PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

For those of you who wintersowed Foxy Foxgloves and had them bloom the first year, can you remember when they bloomed for you?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 11:29AM
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ladyrose65

Hollyhock 'Indian Summer' they are singles they bloom first season. I've tried many types of Foxglove, they all bloomed the second season. Here is a picture of one my Indian summer blooms.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 9:29PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

It's so sweet and bright! Do you remember when they bloomed for you?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:20AM
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dave_k_gw

ladyrose65,
That Indian Summer bloom has great color! I tried Livingston Seed's "Hollyhock Perennial Mixture". They did not bloom in the first year. Second year they were great. Third year full of rust, which seemed to have spread from Zebrina. Zebrina reseeds like crazy and doesn't mind poor clay soil. Good thing it's pretty because once you plant it you're stuck with it. :-)

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:23PM
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terrene(5b MA)

3 years back I ws'd several of the Camelot foxgloves - white, cream and lavender, I think. The Camelot series is supposed to bloom the first year. One or two of the plants did send up a blooming stalk towards the end of the season, but they weren't very abundant. The plants that bloomed the 2nd year had much bigger stalks and blooms.

YMMV, if you start them early enough, have a longer season than we do here, or growing conditions they really like you might get better blooming the first year.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 6:42PM
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lovesblooms(7a)

Maybe--I have some foxy seeds winter sowed, so we'll see. I'm encouraged by the other zone 7 commenters here. Just was wondering when I should expect them as I plan a bed.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 10:02PM
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poisondartfrog

The Dalmation series of Digitalis purpurea blooms in about 14 weeks from seed. Last year I used Dalmation Peach, which was beautiful. This year I'm growing Dalmation white with red spots.
Dwarf Hollyhock series Queeny blooms the first year from seed and comes in several separate colors. I've grown the white and yellow; this year I'm using salmon.

I should add that I don't wintersow either of these, but the Dalmation Digitalis is marketed as 100% first year flowering and it seems to be true, so you should get late first year blooms regardless.

Alana

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 5:57AM
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ladyrose65

Lillyfinch and Lovesbloom, let us know what you chose and show some pictures this summer.

Lovesbloom, the HH's bloomed July to October. However, they were dwarf in height, which was good because they did not succumb to rust. This year I'm Wsing Alcea ficifolia.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 12:08AM
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lovesblooms(7a)

Thank you all for your help--I plan to get plenty of pics since I'm turning my lawn into a series of flower beds. I plan to plant the taller hollyhocks I have behind some tall plants in hopes that rust won't bother me if it appears.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 5:38PM
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