Belonging to the Dianthus (Carnation) genus, Sweet William has a botanical name of Dianthus barbatus.
Pink, white, purple and pink mixes; double and single blooms. held on long dark green leafy stalks. Very fragrant, excellent cut flower
Native to Southern Europe and Northeast Asia.
Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 3.0 cm (1.17 inches imperial) and produce a cinnamon fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours: Cadmium red and Bright pink and White. The mature flowers are of a semi-double form. Leaves appear approximately as a Ao green and Dark spring green
Sweet William grows as a perennial and is a non-edible flower / ornamental. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).
Sweet William is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 50.0 cm (1.62 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring.
Try planting Sweet William if you'd like to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.
Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Sweet William is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Sweet William have been kindly provided by our members.
Fertilize in Spring & Summer. Cut back after flowering.
Can be used as a cut flower.
Some gardeners use Sweet William as a biennial and pull it up after flowering the summer after planting out
Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Sweet William is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.
See our list of companion Plants for Sweet William to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Sow in mid summer, cover lightly.
Most dianthus require light to germinate. Well-drained neutral to sweet soil is appreciated.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Sweet William about 49 days before your last frost date .
Transplant three seedlings into 7cm pots and pot up as the plant establishes. Grow on in sheltered conditions and plant out in the flowering position at the end of the summer or early autumn.As Sweet William is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.
Can be used as a cut flower, lasts very well in a vase
Seed viability is five years.
These estimates for how long Sweet William takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 8 days | Min 5 days | Max 15 days (25)
Average 39 days | Min 17 days | Max 288 days (3)
Average 138 days | Min 34 days | Max 603 days (11)
Our when to plant Sweet William estimates are relative to your last frost date.
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