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About This Plant...
Genus and species: Dianthus barbatus
Plant type: cool-season annual
Height: 4-12 inches (biennials up to 20 inches)
Location and soil: sun; average, well-drained soil
Uses: cutting, bedding, border, edging, containers, drying, fragrance
Bloom time: late spring-early summer
Color range: lavender, pink, red, salmon
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 10-12 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 7-14 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Sowing Depth: just cover
Needs light or dark to germinate: -
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 6-8 inches (dwarf varieties); 12 inches (tall varieties)
Growing On...
Growing tips: blooms best in cool weather; self-sows readily

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