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Dianthus barbatus (Nigrescens Group) 'Sooty'

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.
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200 seeds

1 x 9cm pot (200398-1)

3 x 9cm pots (200398-3)

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Details:

Type
Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
Position
Cutting Garden
Soil
Neutral - Alkaline
Flowers
April-July, the following year from sowing.
Height
45cm (18in)
Group/Species
barbatus (Nigrescens Group)
Common name
Sweet William
Moisture
Well-drained
Size
200 seeds
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
30cm (12in)
Cultivation
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.

Description

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.

Care Tips

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.