Dianthus Cottage Perfume
Dianthus barbatus Latin name
Sweet William Common name
Glorious mixture of predominatly DOUBLE Sweet William in an unbelieveable range of colour which intensifies as the flowers are bicoloured and tricoloured. A heady and intoxicating perfume. 18-20″.
How to Grow Dianthus from Seed
Dianthus, Carnations, Garden Pinks or Sweet Williams, are old fashioned looking cottage garden favourites with characteristically fringed petals and a pleasing fragrance.
Annual Dianthus are a popular summer bedding plant, some types have been specifically produced for autumn flowering. Perennial types make excellent alpine and low border plants generally flowering early in the season.
Sow Dianthus seeds from January to April. Sow the seeds onto the surface of a moist, free-draining, seed compost ideally using plug trays to prevent root disturbance. Cover the seeds lightly with vermiculite, and cover the trays with polythene to maintain humidity without omitting light until the first seedlings are visible. Germination normally takes around 7 days at 18-20oC – higher temperatures may reduce germination.
Once the seedlings are growing well, drop the temperature down to around 10C
After 5 or 6 weeks the young plants should be ready to transplant into individual 3 inch pots and grow on until they are nicely established.
Glorious mixture of predominatly double Sweet William in an unbelieveable range of colour which intensifies as the flowers are bicoloured and tricoloured. A heady and intoxicating perfume.