Dianthus - Victoriana
This is a sumptuous blend of blooms in many rich Victorian shades of red, rose and pink, all with a delicious fragrance. The bushy, neat, free-flowering plants are ideal for adding a touch of yesteryear to summer borders and containers.
Sow February to April at 18-20C on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 7-14 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions for 1-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 3cm apart. Prefers any well drained soil in full sun.