Beautiful things come in compact packages! Alcea rosea annua ‘Spring Celebrities Crimson’ is a completely new dimension in annual flowering Hollyhocks. The newest and most compact variety in the ‘Spring Celebrities’ series has unique, bushy dwarf plants that produce sturdy stems with an abundance of beautiful, large, rich crimson double blooms. Hollyhocks are the quintessential plants for the ‘cottage garden’ trend, and ´Spring Celebrities Crimson´ brings this within the reach of every garden, patio or balcony owner with no need for huge borders, stakes or ties! Needing no vernalization and with a short production time, growers will be delighted to offer this stunning variety.
Alcea rosea annua ‘Spring Celebrities Crimson’ is an excellent container plant ideal for production in 15 cm pots, as well as in mass bedding, landscaping and public gardens. Reaching a height of 60 cm, this variety is perfectly suited for containers and also performs in beds and borders. Thrives in cool and sunny conditions.
The grower can produce this variety in 14-16 weeks from sowing to planting, without the need for a cold period and can confidently schedule spring shipping of strong, well-branched, compact plants. The cultivation time during plug stage takes 5-6 weeks. Low energy and water requirements, cooler conditions benefit the compactness of the plant. Landscapers will welcome a free-flowering, highly decorative variety that can be planned into mass plantings without the risk of straggly growth or the need for staking. Retailers will love full yet compact plants that look good on the bench and show richly coloured, large blooms that will catch the customer’s eye. Consumers will be unable to resist the gorgeous blooms with bushy green foliage and will enjoy these luxurious plants wherever they choose to use them - in terrace or patio containers or in garden beds.
Alcea rosea (Common Hollyhock) is an ornamental plant in the Malvaceae family. It was imported into Europe from China in the sixteenth century. William Turner, an herbalist of the time, gave it the name “holyoke” from which the English name derives. One of the most typical cottage garden plants, it was popularised in 19th Century England and has remained a favourite ever since, with its popularity gaining steadily around the world, particularly in cooler climates. A traditionally biennial variety, the introduction of dwarf, annual varieties has opened up new opportunities for this classical flowering beauty. The ‘Spring Celebrities’ series was first introduced in 2009 and now comprises seven colours, including ‘Spring Celebrities Crimson’, even more compact than the rest of the series and with a plant and flower quality that truly impressed the Fleuroselect judges in the 2010 trials. The attractive ‘cottage garden shades’ of Soft Pink, Lilac, Lemon, Carmine Rose, Purple, White and of course Crimson are also stunning when combined in mixes.