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07/09/2012 at 15:40

Dear gardeners,

please advise on how to tidy up sweet wiliams plot?

I have a glorious flowering for the 1st year sweet wiliams this summer, and now they have been dead head and self seeded(empty pot when i shake all the dead flowers). Should I cut down til the end of the stem? Or leave the stems and clean all the leaves?

Thank you very much




07/09/2012 at 18:16

Hi ping, I've had these in my garden for the first year. I'm going to let mine die back on there own as they aren't taking up much space.

07/09/2012 at 18:38

I cut back the stem to the base, they do flower the following year but not as strongly on my clay soil so I always so fresh seeds as well.

18/09/2012 at 18:55

to be  truthful its just better to take the seeds and sow now for next year.I have just planted out new sweet Williams sown recently .collect the seed on a dry day and sow and plant out.pull the straggle ones and discard.

19/09/2012 at 14:51

i have to agree flowering rose.. i also collect the seeds and sow new for following year.. then any that have not beared well can be replaced..

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