Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina' aka Zebra Mallow, French Hollyhock - Short lived Perennial - Zone 5-9 - Mature size= 24-48" - Full Sun - Blooms mid-summer to mid-fall - Disease & Pest Resistant, Heat Tolerant - Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds
An old Cottage-garden favorite, this cousin to the Hollyhock has 2" saucer shaped flowers in a white to light pink shade, striped with deep maroon veins. Flowers appears all along the stems. Excellent in containers, or the sunny border. In cold regions this is well worth growing, because of the long blooming season. Cut back to encourage repeat blooms and limit self-sowing.
All my plants are grown naturally, using organic methods, without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or harmful chemicals. I subscribe to sustainable, eco-friendly gardening practices and the Safe Seed Pledge.
Listing is for approximately 25-30 seeds. Additional seed orders ship free; also ships free with purchase of another (non seed) product from my shop.
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Most items will be shipped within 1-3 business days of cleared payment and some may even be shipped the same day.
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I try to describe and photograph all vintage items accurately. Please read the descriptions and view the photos carefully. If you have questions regarding the condition of an item, please send a convo.
We are not able guarantee results as there are too many variables in gardening that can impact outcome. **Please read information below about seed germination.
I use only natural products from my own garden or from local organic growers and/or local growers who practice the same environmentally friendly, sustainable practices that I employ. All my herbs are grown naturally using sustainable and environmentally friendly practices and contain NO synthetic chemicals, preservatives or harmful pesticides. All my seeds are open pollinated and/or heirloom and untreated. I support the Safe Seed Pledge and do not sell products that have been genetically engineered.
**INFORMATION ABOUT SEED GERMINATION**
We test our seeds for germination. Our seeds are stored properly in a cool, dry location. We do not sell outdated seeds.
Some reasons why seeds do not germinate
When seeds fail to emerge from their shell there are a few things to consider. Have all the seeds failed? If this is the case, more than likely it is an environmental condition. Seeding too deeply, planting in cold soil, too much or too little water, improper soil preparation, and birds or rodents are the most common causes for environmental conditions that prevent seeds from germinating.
When germination is poor it is most likely a degradation of seed quality, and the seed has begun to die. Seed death begins as soon as the seed is mature and viable. In general seeds hold high germination rates for 2-3 years falling no less than the 80% germination rate. Outdated seeds will not germinate properly. Most seeds have a shelf life of only one to two years if kept in a cool dry place over winter. The best way to store leftover seeds is in an air tight glass jar in the refrigerator with a little bit of powdered milk wrapped in a paper towel to absorb the excess moisture.
Seeds are living organisms held in a state of suspended animation or dormancy. There are many factors that can affect the viability of seeds, including moisture, air, temperature, and light. Although dormant, seeds are still slowly respiring and using food reserves within. When the right environmental cues wake the seeds up they begin to germinate and emerge from their hard seed coat. There are five major factors that are affect germination:
1)Moisture: A dormant seed only contains 10-15% of water and is essentially dehydrated. The seed has to absorb water in order to become active. It is imbibed by the seed coat and enzymes within the seed become active and functional, metabolizing stored food reserves. The embryo then begins to swell. The softened seed coat ruptures as the seed grows too big for its encasement and germination has commenced. The seed leaves or cotyledons are now apparent. Photosynthesis does not begin until the true leaves are developed and at this point in development the seedling is still surviving on its own food reserves.
2)Air: In the dormant condition the seeds respiratory rate is very low and so oxygen is required in very small quantities. But for germination, oxygen is needed in large quantities. The seeds obtain oxygen that is dissolved in water and from the air contained in the soil. If soil conditions are too wet, an anaerobic condition persists, and seeds may not be able to germinate.
3)Temperature: Germination can take place over a wide range of temperature and is specific to individual crop types, and can be specific to varieties. The optimum for most crops is between 65-75°F, but exceptions do apply. For example lettuce germinates best at 65°F and can be inhibited at temperatures over 68°F while peppers and eggplants prefer warmer temperatures around 80°F and will not germinate well at cooler temperatures. If your soil is too cold or too hot, your seeds may not sprout. Check your seed packet to find the best temperature needed for your seeds.
4)Light: Light has varied effects on germinating seeds of different plants. Some seeds need light for germination, while in some seeds germination is hindered by light. Most wild species of flowers and herbs prefer darkness for germination and should be planted deep in the soil while most modern vegetable crops prefer light or are not affected by it, and are planted shallowly to allow small amounts of light to filter through the soil.
5)Seed Depth When Planting
Seed size usually is a good indication of how deep to plant your seeds, which usually corresponds to how much light they need. The general rule of thumb is to plant your seed at least as deep as the seed is long. Certain seeds need light to germinate and shouldn’t even be covered with any soil! Check the back of the seed pack for specific information on how deep to plant your seeds.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS:
Certified Organic: All products sold and labeled as "organic" must meet the USA National Organic Program standards and it is regulated. No synthetic fertilizers or chemicals can be used and they cannot be genetically modified. I do not have an organic certification; however I always practice organic gardening.
Heirloom: Open pollinated seeds developed by farmers and families through years of cultivation, selection and seeds saving, then passed down through generations. Generally regarded as having been existence for a minimum of 50 years. All heirloom seeds are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated seeds are heirloom.
Open Pollinated: Seeds that will grow true to the parent plant.
Hybrid: seeds saved from hybrid plants will NOT grow true to parent. This is especially important to know if you are planning on saving seeds. Hybrid seeds are often labeled F1 in seed catalogs. GranMary's Herb Garden does not sell any hybrid seeds or grow any products from hybrid seeds.
GMO: Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetically Modified means the plant's genetic make-up has been altered to exhibit traits not normally present such as longer shelf life, different color or resistance to certain chemicals.
Definition of Treated Seed
The term "treated" means "to give an application of a pesticide or subject seed to a process designed to reduce, control or repel disease organisms, insects, or other pests which attack the seed or seedlings." We do not sell treated seed.
No Spray/Pesticide-Free: No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides have been applied to the crop at any point in production even though the plant is not Certified Organic.
Sustainable Agriculture: Farming that is socially just, humane, economically viable and environmentally sound. The term is unregulated and interpreted differently by different people.
SAFE SEED PLEDGE:
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that: We do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately people and communities.