Hollyhock. - This old-fashioned flower has received much attention from florists of late, and new and beautiful varieties are continually produced.
As this plant generally perishes, after flowering two years, it is difficult to perpetuate the varieties. It can be done, however, by dividing the roots every year after flowering, or from cuttings of the flower-stem, or from suckers. But, as it requires much care and skill to keep them, and as the seed from the fine improved sorts produces flowers similar to the parent, the easiest way to keep up a stock is to sow the seeds every year, carefully noting them as they come into flower, destroying all inferior and single varieties. Referring to pages 88 and 89, the reader will perceive that I have given the names of twenty beautiful varieties. Probably these varieties are all extinct now; at any rate, they are not to be obtained in this country; nor can any varieties be named one year, with certainty that they can be furnished two years after.
From seeds alone, then, florists can be sure of having a constant stock of this very ornamental shrubbery-flower.