Dianthus Sweetness Mixed
The Super Parfait Series of Dianthus is more compact in growth and flowers earlier than other variaties of Dianthus. It is an eye-catching plant and is a definite must have for your garden. It grows equally as well if grown in patio pots or in flower beds. Sweetness Mixed is a variety which is deliciously scented, even in the day time. The blooms are produced in stunning shades of pink, rose, carmine and white. This Dianthus is frangrant and colourful year after year and can grow to a height of 10-15cm.
WHEN TO SOW
January to April
WHERE TO SOW
Sow in pots or trays under glass at 18°C (64°F) under a light covering of vermiculite or compost.
WHEN TO TRANSPLANT
Seedlings under glass should be transplanted into trays 10cm (4") apart. Then gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12") apart.
Cut a few stems and place indoors where the fragrance will sweetly fill the room for days.
FLOWER SEED SOWING TECHNIQUE
Prepare a nursery bed well in advance, ensuring that it is weed free. Choose a time for sowing when the soil does not stick to your shoes but is moist below the surface and fairly dry on top. The soil should be crumbly and even. Rake the surface after a light treading.
Mark out drills in the nursery bed or mark out an area for scattering the seed to rake in afterwards. Rows should be approximately 30cm apart and clearly labelled at the end.
Sow the seed carefully and thinly, aiming to get a seed every 2cm (3/4") and then gently rake the soil to cover, and firm with the back of the rake. Water gently if the weather is dry for a period, but do not water too often as this will encourage the roots to form just below the surface and you will be watering all summer long to save your plants. Aim to encourage the root to look further down for water, and you will have a more relaxed summer and a finer show of flowers in the long run.
When the plants have formed their first pair of true leaves, thin the plants to 10cm (4") apart and firm the soil around the bases.
In September or October carefully raise the plants taking a ball of soil with the roots using a trowel and plant them in the flowering site and gently water them in. It is sometimes beneficial to give a little protection from winter winds for the first year.