Hello fellow gardeners,
I have 6 Dianthus "Spooky" plants in my garden. I was deadheading a few days ago and tons of tiny seeds spilled out of the dead flowerheads. I am letting them dry right now. I don't know if these flowers are a hybrid or what that means about their seeds. This is my first year gardening so I don't fully understand why some hybrids are sterile. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you gardengus for posting those photos. I don't have any other types of dianthus in my garden, so I know they haven't crossed with anything. I want to plant all of the seeds I collected, but I can't seem to find out when to plant them. I'm thinking about starting them indoors. When/how did you plant yours?
I use the winter sow method for most of the seeds some of these just came up in the pot where the original plant was planted.
There is a whole forum on winter sow if you are not familiar with that method.
This year I started two varieties of dianthus from seed I purchased--one was listed as a perennial and the other as an annual. If I try to save seed, will the annual & perennial varieties cross with each other? I need to go back to the seed catalog & see if either of them was a hybrid, too.
Has anyone found a definitive answer to this? There's nothing more frustrating to grow seeds, wait for a year for blooms, and then find out that you got someting else entirely than what you were expecting! It's happened to me with Dianthus seeds I received in a trade. So, I'm wondering if Spooky seeds ever come "true."