Sweet William, Hollandia Purple Crown Mix (Organic)
Dianthus barbatus. 45 days.
This Dianthus / Sweet William is an annual cut flower version of the cottage garden favorite. So many Sweet Williams are biennial and it is difficult to wait for the blooms. The 2′ tall plants of Hollandia Purple Crown Mix display many of the classic Dianthus colors – red, purple, white, pink and bicolor combinations abound. Blooms stand tall on strong stems and have a sweet smell. A favorite for their long vase life. Petals are edible and make a nice addition to salad.
Sow indoors up to 8 – 10 weeks before last frost for early summer blooms, or as late as June for flowers later in the season. Transplant to 12” centers. Annual that grows well in full sun to part shade. Deadhead to prolong bloom and limit self-seeding.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand; winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.