Dianthus Baby Doll Mixed - Seeds
Common name: Carnations, Sweet William, and Cottage
Color: Pink, White, Purple, Lavender and mix colors
Bloom time: All Summer
Height: 6 - 18 inches
Difficulty level: Medium
Planting & Care
Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil, preferably with neutral to alkaline soil pH. Dianthus won t tolerate wet soils, especially in winter.
Sunlight: Full sun, although several varieties, such as Dianthus deltoides, do well in partial shade.
Soil: Moist soil
Water: When it comes to watering Dianthus flowers, keep the soil evenly moist. Do not overwater or allow the potting soil to dry out.
Temprature: Germinate at a temperature of 15 to 20 degrees Centigrade
Harvesting: layering is another easy way to propagate new Dianthus plants Simply pin or peg a growing tip of your plant to the ground and wait for the roots to develop before severing the new plant from the mother plant.
- Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
- Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
- Stake tall varieties to keep them upright.
- Remove spent blooms on tall varieties, or shear back mounding plants after bloom to encourage rebloom.
- After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line.
- Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
Multiplies readily Fragrant Good for cut flowers Deer resistant
- Dianthus varieties that any gardener can find a beautiful Dianthus species to fit his or her balcony garden.
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