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Pruning hollyhocks is comparatively easy if the time is chosen correctly and the necessary tools are available. Our instructions show how to do it - from waste to disposal.

In a nutshell

  • multiple blends may be required throughout the year
  • Plants tolerate pruning very well
  • Pruning can prevent diseases and pests
  • uncontrolled sowing is avoided
  • Pruning can encourage healthy growth

After flowering

An important time for pruning is right after flowering. Among other things, this prevents the seeds from being distributed in an uncontrolled manner. If you do not want this, you should remove withered or dried flowers immediately.

Notice: This measure also has the positive effect that a second flowering can take place. For this, however, the plants should be cut very early.

Cut back in spring

A radical cut in spring ensures strong, healthy budding. The shoots are cut off about a hand's breadth above the ground. As a result, the plants grow stronger and more branched.

Tip: The best time to do this is before the first shoot begins. Then no new shoots will be damaged, but the impulses of growth will come into full effect.

Blend in autumn

In autumn, no cutting is usually necessary. Only dead parts have to be removed. Otherwise rot could set in during winter or even before hibernation.

Diseased/damaged plants

Another reason to prune hollyhocks is damaged or diseased sections on the plant. These should be removed as soon as possible throughout the year. Otherwise, they not only spoil the look, but also represent entry points for pathogens and parasites.

Ideal time

A suitable time to prune hollyhocks should be a day when the following criteria are met:

  • dry
  • warm or at least frost-free
  • no rain expected

Cleaning the cutting tool - instructions

Clean and sharp tools are an important part of blending. The following points are therefore important:

  • sharpen blades
  • Clean or preferably disinfect cut surfaces
  • clean again after use

Examples of suitable means are:

  • boiling water
  • disinfectant
  • highly concentrated alcohol
  • burn down

Dispose of green waste

Not only when the hollyhock is infested with pests or diseases should you think about disposing of the green waste. If you have a compost heap, you can of course use it. An exception to this is an infestation with pathogens.

In this case, the parts of the plant should be disposed of with household waste. If the rose bushes have to be cut and there are many of them in the garden, heaps and disposal facilities can also be an option.

Tip: In many cities, showing a photo ID is sufficient to hand in the green waste free of charge. In others, appropriate stamps must be collected from the Citizens’ Registration Office.

frequently asked Questions

Why don't cinnamon roses flower after cutting?

The plants often only flower in their second year. In addition, varietal purity cannot be guaranteed, especially when propagating via seeds. Therefore non-flowering plants can also grow.

Cutting hollyhocks - absolutely necessary?

No, the peasant roses or mallows do not necessarily need a blend. However, visually and for longevity, it is better to remove withered flowers and damaged parts.

What to do in the event of a pest infestation?

The removed plant parts should never remain in the garden. Otherwise there is a risk that the parasites or pathogens will spread again.

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