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Dianthus: Are Dianthus Spooky Seeds Viable?

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Goldberry
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 5, 2009
9:48 PM

Post #7029558

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.
-Brittany

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ptilda
Spooner, WI

September 6, 2009
12:36 AM

Post #7030145

According to the DL plant file (http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/85033/), they will "not come true" from seed. So you'll probably get some boring old kind.

That is an amazing plant, however!
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #7072616

I saved spooky seeds last year and they did great. Only problem they crossed with some other dianthus.
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2009
2:27 AM

Post #7072628

This is the one I saved seed from

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2009
2:28 AM

Post #7072631

This is what all my seedlings looked like.

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2009
2:30 AM

Post #7072638

I discovered by looking at some of my photos they crossed with these

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Goldberry
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 17, 2009
3:11 AM

Post #7072772

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?
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2009
12:08 PM

Post #7073411

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.
Goldberry
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 17, 2009
8:05 PM

Post #7074896

I'll go check that forum out. I'm still pretty new to the site and haven't meandered that way yet. Thank you for the info.
-Brittany
edyhill
Knoxville, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2009
3:47 AM

Post #7118733

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.
saanansandy
Sue, RI
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2009
2:15 PM

Post #7130243

Goldberry. I just had to tell ya, I love that plant!
Goldberry
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 3, 2009
7:21 PM

Post #7131022

Thank you sandy! :-)
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8922110

Just found this thread and wondered have the Spooky seeds been a success? I just bought some on ebay, have no idea cross-polinated or not but very curious to see what happens.
Igrowinpa
Beaver Falls, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9132852

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."

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