Sweet William is an annual flowering plant that reaches up to 1 foot in height. The plant produces flowers of varying colours, including purple, red and pink. Some flowers have more than one colour on each bloom. Its small size and vibrant blooms make it appropriate for landscape edging or container gardening. When you plant the Sweet William from seed, it will only produce leaves the first growing season, and then will bloom the second year.
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- Hand spade
Select a planting site that receives partial shade during the day, which means up to six hours of sunlight. Sweet William is a cool-season annual, and prefers partial shade to full sunlight. The site should also have well-draining soil.
Remove any weeds from the planting site with a shovel or garden hoe. If your summers are dry, water the soil the morning before you plan to plant the seeds, then remove the weeds in the afternoon. The water will make the soil easier to work.
Scatter the Sweet William seeds across the surface of the soil, and then rake the soil over the seeds to cover them. Cover them with 1/4 inch of soil. Water until the soil settles. Continue watering twice a week, or often enough to keep the soil moist. The plants will germinate in about two weeks.
Apply an all purpose fertiliser every two months after germination.
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