Seeds - Dianthus, Sooty OG
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Description: Need more goth in your garden? Enjoy the brooding dark chocolate-coloured blooms in early summer as a contrast to more vivid flora. May establish as a reseeding biennial.
Pack Size: 50 seeds
Latin Name: Dianthus barbatus nigrescens 'Sooty'
Alternative Names: Pinks
Main Uses: Fragrant ornamental
Zone Hardiness: Annual (often behaves as a perennial in zone 6 and up)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 40 cm (7")
Flower Color: Dark chocolate-maroon
Flowering Time: July through September (until heavy frost)
Germination: 10 - 20 days at 21°C.
Sowing: Indoors 6 weeks before your local last frost date, 3 - 5 seeds per cell. For easiest transplanting, sow into biodegradable starter pots. Apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting depth: 1.75 cm (1/3"), Lightly covered.
Spacing: 6 - 10”.
Planting Out: Well-drained soil once seedlings are established and risk of frost has passed.
Notes: This is a very engaging plant, adding a wonderful fragrant dimension to the landscape; plant where it will get noticed!
Growing in Containers: Ideal for containers.
Fertilizing (Containers): Use an organic bloom-boost fertilizer once plants start to set buds.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited to larger mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.
Watering (Garden): Water young plants regularly to establish, then water deeply as conditions require.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Hummingbirds are attracted to this plant.
Suitability for Indoors: Not well-suited for indoors, except under lights.
What about Grow Lights? Grow lights are required to succeed with this variety indoors.
Indoor Container Suggestions: 6" pot with drainage.