Plant and Seed Trading forum: Anyone grow Sweet William (dianthus) from seed?

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 19, 2016 11:57 PM CST
I have a plant grown from imported seed that grew large and was highly productive in seed. I'm looking for someone who grows these as Perennials and has grown these from seed before. Anyone a huge fan of these?
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
Aug 20, 2016 7:28 AM CST
Keith, the times I have grown them, they behaved as biennials. They eventually fizzled out. I use Dianthus to edge some of my beds and they never die out and bloom in all but the coldest months.
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
Aug 20, 2016 7:29 AM CST
I should have said...Dianthus...the low growing mound kind...pinks?
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 20, 2016 9:30 AM CST
Zazinnia said:I should have said...Dianthus...the low growing mound kind...pinks?


Yes these are the same except mine got tall and were pure white, perhaps they are from the wild and that's why?
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 22, 2016 9:47 AM CST
anyone else interested
Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
Aug 23, 2016 3:40 AM CST
I do grow these, mine are also the tall variety but multicolored rose, pink, white. Great clove scent. They return year after year. Not interested in more seeds but I want to encourage others this is great plant to have growing at edge of perennial garden.
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Aug 23, 2016 2:18 PM CST
SCButtercup said:I do grow these, mine are also the tall variety but multicolored rose, pink, white. Great clove scent. They return year after year. Not interested in more seeds but I want to encourage others this is great plant to have growing at edge of perennial garden.


Do you have photos to share?
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 23, 2016 6:20 PM CST
I have grown many dianthus from seed

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These are from a spooky cross
I think I have six different colors from this cross


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These are the type we call sweet william and normally act like bi-annuals.

I also have the clove type mounding perennials . Most of them are short 10'' or less.
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Name: Judy
Simpsonville SC (Zone 7b)
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SCButtercup
Aug 24, 2016 3:36 AM CST
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Sweet William single mixed, dianthus barbatus, a tall (20") scented biennial. Seeds from gardenhoard.com back when they gave free seeds if you donated your seeds. I think it was from someone in North Carolina.
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Aug 24, 2016 12:08 PM CST
I have a variegated plant of these too
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gardengus
Aug 24, 2016 1:59 PM CST
Nice leaf color
Was the flower white?
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 24, 2016 2:40 PM CST
gardengus said:Nice leaf color
Was the flower white?


White with lavender stripes.
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wildflowers
Aug 24, 2016 6:07 PM CST
I'm a huge fan of wild and old fashioned Sweet William, dianthus. I've never seen a white form but sounds wonderful! Thumbs up
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Aug 24, 2016 9:00 PM CST
wildflowers said:I'm a huge fan of wild and old fashioned Sweet William, dianthus. I've never seen a white form but sounds wonderful! Thumbs up


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wildflowers
Aug 25, 2016 7:07 AM CST
Gorgeous! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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