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I have a mix of
25 hand picked seeds for $1.
They belong to a family of plants which
includes carnations and are characterized by the spicy
fragrance the blooms emit.
Dianthus plants may be
found as a hardy annual, biennial or perennial and most
often used in borders or potted displays. A quick
tutorial on how to grow dianthus reveals the ease of
care and versatility of this attractive flowering plant.
Dianthus Plant The dianthus plant is also called Sweet
William (Dianthus barbatus) and has a fragrance with
cinnamon or clove notes.
The plants are small
and usually between 6 and 18 inches tall. Dianthus
flowers are most often in pink, salmon, red and white
hues. The foliage is slender and sparsely spread on
thick stems. Dianthus had a short blooming season until
1971, when a breeder learned how to grow forms that did
not set seed and, therefore, had a prolonged their bloom
period. Modern varieties will typically bloom from May
to October. Planting Dianthus Plant pinks in full sun,
partial shade or anywhere they will receive at least 6
hours of sun. The plants need fertile, well-drained soil
that is alkaline. Wait until the danger of frost has
passed when planting dianthus and place them at the same
level they were growing in the pots, with 12 to 18
inches between the plants. Do not mulch around them.
Water them only at the base of the plant to keep the
foliage dry and prevent mildew spotting. How to Care for
Dianthus Instructions on how to care for dianthus are
very straightforward. Water the plants when dry and
apply fertilizer every six to eight weeks. You may also
work a slow-release fertilizer into the soil at
planting, which will release you from the need to feed
the plants. Some varieties of dianthus are self-sowing,
so deadheading is extremely important to reduce
volunteer plants and to encourage additional blooming.
Perennial varieties are short lived and should be
propagated by division, tip cuttings or even layering.
Dianthus seed is also readily available at garden
centers and may be started indoors six to eight weeks
before the danger of frost has passed.