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FutureStarrAIs Sweet William a Perennial
A perennial is one of the main types of herbaceous plants that live for three or more years. They grow from the soil which with time hardens and becomes a thick root system. They form in the fall and die off in the summer. There are many different types of perennial lawns. These include perennial ground cover plants, perennial flowers, and evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials.Sweet Williams, also known as dianthus barbatus, are rather unusual in that they grow as annuals in climates with cooler temperatures and perennials in warmer climates. The bad news is that they are relatively short-lived (even as perennials). The good news is that the plants often reseed themselves, eliminating the need to buy new ones for planting. Just leave the dried blooms in place.
Sow your seeds. Plant Sweet William in winter (hot climates only), spring, or summer (cool climates only). Place them on the surface and lightly cover them with 1/8 inch (0.6 cm) of soil, or dig a trench to this depth and refill after planting the seeds. Space the seeds 6 inches (15 cm) apart in ideal circumstances to reduce the chance of rot and disease transmission.Deadhead the blooms. Sweet William plants typically bloom during late spring or early summer, and then lose their flowers to the summer heat. When the flowers of Sweet William plants have dried, gently cut them off and discard them. This will encourage new blossom growth, and prevent the plant from dropping seeds if you wish to control your garden more Allow thriving plants to reseed on their own. If your Sweet William plants are cared for correctly, and the variety is suited to the climate, there's a good chance they will seed your garden with a new generation before dying. If you want a wide scattering of Sweet William plants in your garden, simply let the flowers mature, die, and drop seeds on their own.
Take cuttings from mature plants. If you are lucky enough to have a Sweet William which survives more than a year or two, it may become quite large. In autumn or early spring, before much growth has started for the season, cut off one of the larger stems from near the base using a clean knife or shears. These cuttings can be planted to form new plants, although you may need to stake them to keep them upright. Sweet William (Dianthus barbutus) is a perennial flower that is widely planted as an annual or biennial. Sweet Williams are favorites for many home gardeners for their red, purple, white and violet bi-colored flowers and clove-like fragrance. Deadheading sweet Williams after each bloom lengthens the plant life and blooming season. If you do not deadhead sweet William plants, they will reseed and can take over a garden bed in a short amount of time. Deadheading refreshes your garden space and prevents the brown and shriveled flowers from blanketing your garden space. (Source: homeguides.sfgate.com)