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Sweet Williams

Hi all

I have recently taken on an allotment and had inherited a beautiful patch of sweet Williams.  They have just finished flowering (July)  and gone to seed, so I have collected as many of the seeds as possible. 

When is the best time to plant my seeds or how best to store them? I understand there are different types of sweet Williams? 

Thank you 

Last edited: 15 July 2017 09:29:23

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,321

    Now is the best time - as nature is telling you. The plant makes its seed at the best time. They are biennial so sow now to get small plants in the autumn that you can transplant for next year's flowers. You can sow them direct, if you have the right conditions and spare patch of ground, or in modules if you need the space for something else at the moment.

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Thank you raisingirl 

    I shall get onto it this weekend. 

  • JacquimJacquim Posts: 49

    Oh thanks for this I just collected seed too and was wondering the same thing.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,289

    In my previous garden I had a patch of sweet williams and just left them. They came up every year in varying colours, young ones taking over as the old ones diedimage

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,321

    Yes, I just let mine self seed, now they are established. I pick a lot for cut flowers  so I do occasionally buy some seed to introduce a new colour or bulk the patch up a bit if I've taken too many out image

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • JacquimJacquim Posts: 49

    Do they always come true to colour?i am convinced mine were pink last year but were all white this tear. Typically I can't find a photo from last year to check.

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