days to maturity: 90 - 100 days
plant spacing: 4 Plants per Square Foot
sunlight requirement: 6 - 14 Hours
look out for: spider mites and aphids
harvest notes: harvest often and deadhead
Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species that includes the super popular “carnarion” and sweet williams. All varieties of this genus are edible and some varieties have a distinct clove flavor. In order to use the flowers as an edible garnish remove them from the bitter green “calyx” that the petals come out of and sprinkle the petals in drinks, on confections, or in salads. In order to have continued fresh flower harvest make sure to harvest often or “dead head” spent flowers, which will encourage the plant to produce more new flowers for you.