- Season: Biennial
- USDA Zones: 5 - 9
- Height: 18 - 24 inches
- Bloom Season: Summer
- Bloom Color: Violet purple
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Well-drained soils, pH 5.8 - 7.2
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Temperature: 68F
- Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Seeds must be covered thinly
- Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 12 inches
- Note: For detailed directions for indoor and outdoor planting, please Click Here
- Care & Maintenance: See: Dianthus
Dianthus (Dianthus Barbatus Oeschberg) - Start Dianthus seeds for this dark beauty! This Dianthus Sweet William with crimson-black foliage and deep violet purple flowers is one of our favorite Dianthus flowers. It's excellent in leaf and bud and even better in full flower and has a vase life of at least ten days. No old English cottage garden could possibly be complete without its share of Sweet Williams, beautiful in the border and perhaps one of the most attractive cut flowers. Easy-to-grow from Dianthus seeds, once they are established and left to themselves, they will be a welcomed addition! This Dianthus Barbatus Oeschberg is often used behind flowering ground cover plants. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage a second bloom later in the summer.
For early blooms, sow Dianthus Barbatus Oeschberg seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before frost season is over. Use sterile starter mix and sow seeds on the surface. Barely cover Dianthus seeds with soil. Transplant seedlings when temperatures have warmed. Or sow Dianthus flower seed directly outside after frost season has passed and soil temperatures are warming to a minimum of 40 degrees or warmer. Broadcast flower seed and lightly rake in to the soil no more than 1/8th deep and keep flower seed moist until germination.
Shaker Bottle With Seed Starting Matrix
Shake 'n Seed - We are now offering shaker bottles filled with our seed starting matrix: rich soil, gardening sand, water absorbing crystals, and starter fertilizer. This not only helps dispense your seed, but it gets it off to a great start! Simply remove lid from shaker bottle, add seed from packet, put back on lid, shake the bottle vigorously for 15 seconds, and then shake your way to beautiful new plants! Use Shake 'n Seed over good quality soil, and then gently water to keep seed moist until it sprouts. Great for ground covers or mass planting flower seeds.