Dianthus (Sweet William)
Tiny, densely clustered florets on multi-branched sprays. Multiple branches per stem create a full rounded bunch or can also be used as an accent flower. These cute clusters of florets are available in shades of pink, lavender, white, salmon, crimson, purple and bi-colors.
Species: Dianthus barbatus
Origin: Southern Europe
Symbolizes: Some references claim 'Sweet William' is in honor of St. William or William Shakespeare. Sweet William symbolizes gallantry and finesse.
Also Known As: Sweet William
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality, avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 4-10 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Choose disease free stems with 1/2 or more of florets open. Petal in-rolling indicates possible ethylene damage.
Sweet William is a hardy flower that lasts well in both foam or vase. Use as an accent flower or in large colorful clusters for a dynamic look. Perfect for a single bridal bouquet or rounded Biedermeier style, these delicate accent flowers are available year-round. Related to the Carnation, these flowers are long lasting and perform very well.
Pest & Disease Information
Vulnerable to fungal disease during storge. Make sure that flowers are rapidly unpacked and aerated to reduce possible disease spread. Use anti-Pathogen Transport Paper sheets during shipping and storage.
Ethylene causes premature flower deterioration. Mold in florets, yellowing of the stems.
For optimal care of Dianthus (Sweet William), please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.