Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hollyhock Seeds: A Gift for Canadians

Last month, someone on my Facebook page asked if she could have some hollyhock seeds. Her plants were at the end of the season (in California), mine had yet to set seed.

It seems that getting a clear answer on whether it is allowable to send seeds over the Canada/USA border is not necessarily clear cut. Well, perhaps it is, but after being referred to about 3 or 4 government agencies, reading about the multitude of government regulations that applied to the importation and exportation of seeds, I admit defeat in getting a definitive answer.
That being said, if you live in Canada, as I do, and you would like some hollyhock seeds, I'd be happy to share. At least, until I run out of stamps.
If you're comfortable providing your address, just send it privately to:

Happy Almost Autumn!


  1. I tend to shy away from sending seeds across the border, just to be on the safe side.

  2. Nice Malvas! I've never could to collect its seeds.

  3. Karen, I just love your hollyhocks against the weathered fence. It's too bad you couldn't share you seed to the reader in California, or any of us here in the US.
    Has it stopped raining there?

  4. Hello Karen
    I wish my hollyhocks had looked liked yours. Mine were infested so badly with weevils I pulled them out. I have another strain growing this year and will see how they fare next year for flowering.
    I have traded seeds with a couple of US blogging friends and we just slip a few in a card to mail. As long as your plant was not diseased or an invasive, sharing a few seeds between friends discreetly is likely allowed.

  5. What beautiful photos - I too have been a seed fanatic this year and giving away my Queen Anne's Lace to friends here as it doesn't grow in Colorado. I enjoy your blog!

  6. Your Hollyhocks are beautiful. I have started to grow Sabrina (hollyhock family) and hope they come back again next season. I think they like the place I have them planted as they did so well this season. Wish me luck please! I love Hollyhocks... :)

  7. Oh dear, I adore holly hocks and did save my seeds this year from my one plant. So kind of you to share Karen.

  8. I love hollyhocks but don't have any here. My husband has had seeds sent to him here in the states by his family in Africa. We have had no problems but they also just send them in an envelope. I am not sure what would happen if they find out. His cousin also brought us some seeds this summer but although he did declare that he was bringing them, they didn't ask once he said who he was bringing them for. ~~ Marlys

  9. My advice, is just send them anyways. When I was a part of a seed exchange with other bloggers we all just sent them...what are they going to do track you down and destroy the seeds?

    It's honestly more of a problem with live roots that don't have a physo certificate.

    If you still have any seeds left I would love to have some.....I have the perfect spot.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  10. Hollyhocks are so lovely! I always admire them when I visit Michigan where they grow abundantly. I don't see them much in the South. I will have to live vicariously through your photos!

  11. What beautiful flowers, and you are so generous to share!

    Enjoy this wonderful weekend.


  12. I have always loved hollyhocks...quite nostalgic I think! It's been years since I've raised them. Yours are beautiful!


  13. ¸.•°`♥✿彡

    Muito lindo!
    Boa semana!

  14. Hello Karen, your Hollyhocks are quite lovely. Just to say, when I flew to America from England to visit my daughter, the form we were given on the plane read no seeds allowed. In actual fact when ever we've flown this has applied. As one of your other readers mentioned it might be different from Canada to America. Best Wishes Daphne

  15. Your Hollyhocks are gorgeous! The people who receive the seeds are very fortunate.



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