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Growing Sweet William

Botanical Name:

Dianthus barbatus

Life Cycle:

biennials

Planting Time:

spring or summer

Height:

dwarf forms 6" to 8"; full-sized 12" to 18"

Exposure:

full sun

Soil:

dry to evenly moist, well-drained soil; neutral to alkaline pH

Hardiness:

zones 4-8

Bloom Time:

early spring into summer

Flower:

red, pink and white combinations

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

seeds

Suggested Use:

cut flowers, beds, borders, and window boxes

Growing Hints:

Sow Sweet William seeds in summer directly into soil. Don't pinch off spent flowers and they will reseed themselves for the next year. If planting transplants, space them 4 to 6 inches apart. When older flowers stop sending up new shoots, cutting stems back by half will reinvigorate them.

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Interesting Facts:

Sweet William is related to the carnation.

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

Excellent concise instructions on how to grow and care for sweet william from seed. Thanks for the great information. I'll be back. Thanks for posting this information!

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