PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Dianthus barbatus Ex. nigrescens 'Sooty'
Sweet William, black
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Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Summer
Height
Light preference Sun (tolerates part-shade)
Soil preference Light, well drained
Sowing time/depth Spring,
May not always come true from seed, but seeds were exclusively from this variety and should produce a high proportion of dark-red to almost black blooms.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow thinly in early spring, covering with 1.5mm sieved compost or fine vermiculite. Does not require heat, but germination, which usually takes 10-14 days, may be hastened if sown in an unheated greenhosue. Transplant sedlings into individual pots or modules when large enough to handle and plant out, preferably in full sun, though light shade is tolerated, when all danger of frost is past.
Seed
1 packet - 200 seeds approx. £1.95

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