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|
|These seeds were collected exclusively from this variety but it cannot be guaranteed that all will breed true, though they should produce a high proportion of dark-red to almost black blooms. Although strictly speaking a short-lived perennial, usually treated as a biennial.|
|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.|