The Q&A Archives: Dividing Sweet William

Question: In our area we can buy Sweet William as bedding plants. Can I divide the clumps?

Answer: Sweet William is a biennial plant, so you can count on it coming up for two seasons. Instead of dividing the clumps, let the flowers produce seeds. When the seed pods are brown, pick them off the plants and sprinkle the contents in your garden. You'll have lots of new Sweet William plants next spring.

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