Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) offers single or double blooms in various colors, including white, pink, yellow and bi-color types. The leaves provide an ever-green protect using the flowers blooming abundantly in the spring and summer when developed in moderate areas, in winter backyard beds. The crops grow well and require minimal treatment, supplying low-maintenance colour to beds, borders and containers. Sweet William is a short lived perennial, therefore it’s going to require every 2-3 years, re-planting.
Loosen the soil in a full-sun garden bed using a garden fork. Spread 2″ of compost on the soil and work it in the most effective foot of soil.
Dig the planting holes so they can be twice as broad but equivalent in depth to the nursery pot the sweet William is developing in. Set the sweet William in to the planting hole and fill it straight back in with soil. Space the plants 6 to 12″ apart in all directions.
Water sweet William right after planting. Continue to irrigate through the spring and summer period. Sweet William needs around 1-inch of water weekly. The soil should stay moist but not become muddy or water-logged.
Mulch on the bed using a 2 inch layer of wood or bark mulch. The mulch suppresses weeds and conserves the dampness in the soil.
Pinch the blossoms as soon as they start to fade off. Where seeds are made remove the whole flower framework, for example, the portion in the foundation. Removing the flower encourages the plant and stops seed development.
Add a clean 1-inch layer of compost in spring when new growth starts. Replenish the mulch to preserve the 2 inch layer.