London (change)
Today 27°C / 18°C
Tomorrow 27°C / 20°C
18 messages
24/04/2014 at 10:53
Hi all, I'm growing some Sweet Williams and my idea was to use them as cut flowers. They look like they're about to flower. How much of the stem should I cut and when? Thanks! Owen.
24/04/2014 at 11:16

Ommthree.....and a jolly fine old fashioned flower they are too! Normally I cut mine by about half of their height when they are starting to open.

Btw, Sweet Williams are related to Pinks......so named because their petals seem to have been trimmed with pinking shears.

24/04/2014 at 11:27

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/Barnsdale/DSCN0373.jpg

 

Pic taken in Geoff Hamilton's garden.

24/04/2014 at 12:11

One of the Dianthus family.  They easily snap off at the joints.  Well worth growing.

24/04/2014 at 12:46
Thanks both. I'm a fan of pinks and grow a few varieties of them on the balcony. This is my first try with Sweet William however. they seem to have grown very well. Thanks again!
24/04/2014 at 13:07

I started growing them three years ago and now wouldn't be with out them.  They smell lovely - a very gentle perfume and they last for ages.  They seed themselves about too.

24/04/2014 at 13:11
Excellent! I'll look forward to seeing them flower!
24/04/2014 at 14:16

Just a point for those growing them in the open ground, they self-seed like wildfire.

24/04/2014 at 16:39

Apols, Forester....didn't spot your 'They seed themselves about too' comment before I posted the above.  

24/04/2014 at 16:41

I'll cut them mercilessly then to be on the safe side.

24/04/2014 at 16:49
ommthree wrote (see)

I'll cut them mercilessly then to be on the safe side.

 

They're an excellent plant to harvest seed from, Owen.....just remember to let a couple of heads run to seed and you'll have enough seed to plant your neighbourhood.

26/04/2014 at 10:52

Any specially recommended varieties, for next time?

26/04/2014 at 12:51

 Sutton's 'Noverna Forumula Mix' would give an excellent display.

26/04/2014 at 13:34

Excellent thanks!

27/04/2014 at 09:45

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/sweetwilliams_zpsd148a9c2.jpg

 Googled pic:

Like so, Owen.

27/04/2014 at 10:12

That does look great. Thank you!

27/04/2014 at 10:54
ommthree wrote (see)

That does look great. Thank you!

 

You're welcome....they are the aforementioned, of course.

28/04/2014 at 09:05

Hmm, now quite a few of them are lying down after being battered by so much rain. I suppose that's nothing to worry about? Ought I to have staked them?

email image
18 messages