The Best Growing Conditions To Ensure Your Sweet William Flowers Thrive

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In the perfect scenario, sweet William would be planted in the spring in organically rich soil that is kept consistently moist but not soaked. You’ll need to water your flowers at least once per week and more often during particularly warm weather. Slightly alkaline soil is best for sweet William flowers, with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. You can check your soil pH with the help of a soil pH meter for $10 on Amazon. However, if you prefer a cheaper method, test its alkalinity by adding about 1 cup of garden soil to a bowl with ½ cup of vinegar. Watch for fizzing bubbles. If they appear, your soil is alkaline with a pH of around 7, but if nothing happens, you may need to amend your soil with baking soda or garden lime.

After preparing your soil, double-check that the sunlight in this area is appropriate for your flowers. A spot that receives at least six hours of direct sun is ideal, but because sweet William has trouble withstanding high heat, some shade is necessary during the hottest parts of the day to keep them happy. Plant sweet William flowers directly into your garden beds or planters, spacing them 6 to 12 inches apart. Growing them in groups allows for a denser look with masses of foliage and clustered flowers lending themselves nicely to a cottage garden theme or a pollinator garden for attracting bees, moths, and butterflies.

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