Dianthus barbatus (Nigrescens Group) 'Sooty'
In this mix
|Sow Under Cover|
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
- Cutting Garden
- Neutral - Alkaline
- April-July, the following year from sowing.
- 45cm (18in)
- barbatus (Nigrescens Group)
- Common name
- Sweet William
- 200 seeds
- Full Sun
- 30cm (12in)
- Sow May-July for flowers the following year. Sow in seed trays, modules or pots and place in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse. Plant into final positions in early autumn or the following spring. Can also be sown direct into well-prepared soil.
The best of all the traditional Sweet Williams, with marvellous spiky buds to mix with tulips in spring. You can then pick scented vases of fully open flowers in May and June. These have a super-long vase life.
Water once a week and mulch once established to keep the soil moist. A balanced liquid feed every couple of months will encourage more blooms. Cut flowers for the vase or deadhead regularly.