Growing Wee Willie Sweet William Garden Seeds
- Taxonomy: Dianthus barbatus
- Seed Type: Annual
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: For earliest blooms, start indoors 6 – 8 weeks prior to final frost. Germination will take 14 days then transplant seedlings either indoors or outdoors once there are two sets of true leaves. Wee Willie seeds are perfect for growing indoors in decorative pots, planters, baskets, and window boxes. For direct sowing outdoors, choose sunny location and plant after the frost.
- Days to Maturity: 105 - 112 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3 – 9
- Planting Depth: 1/8”
- Plant Spacing: 8 - 10"
- Growth Habit: 3 – 6” tall dwarfed mound with 5 – 8” spread of well-branched flowers
- Soil Preference: Organic, nutrient-rich, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Diseases/Pests/Troubleshooting: Known to be heat and drought tolerant. Avoid overwatering and properly drain soil. Water soil directly to minimize wetting foliage, which may cause mold and powdery mildew.
- Color: Bicolored blooms of rose, scarlet, magenta, and white
For earliest blooms, start Wee Willie Sweet William seeds indoors 6 – 8 weeks before last frost. Sweet William Wee Willie seeds are easy to grow from seed and may also be sown directly just after last frost. Germination will take about 14 days then transplant Wee Willie seedlings either indoors or outdoors once there are two sets of true leaves. For direct sowing, plant Sweet William Wee Willie seeds 1/8” deep and 6 – 10” apart in organic, nutrient-rich, and well-drained soil in full sun. Wee Willie Sweet Williams thrive in full sun, but careful not to overwater. Water soil directly to minimize wetting foliage, which could cause mold and powdery mildew. Wee Willie Sweet William seeds mature in 105 - 112 days as 3 – 6” tall dwarfed mounds with 5 – 8” spread of well-branched blooms of double-flowered clusters of bicolored rose, scarlet, magenta, and white petals.
Dianthus barbatus is native to moderate climates of the Pyrenees mountains of southern Europe and stretching into Asia. The lifecycle of Dianthus barbatus can be difficult to classify because it grows as a perennial in optimal climates, a biennial in most climates, but most commonly sold and planted as annuals regardless of climate.