Long blooming, perfect for small bouquets-most are fragrant. A cottage garden is not complete without several Dianthus. All are heat tolerant and low maintenance beauties. 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. Most garden varieties of Dianthus plants grow from 10 to 20 inches tall, however, some species can vary from 2 inches to 3 feet tall in height.
7 inch (18 cm)
5 inch (13 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Soil should be well-drained and fertile for growing dianthus.
Dianthus should be kept in a place receiving at least 4-5 hours of bright indirect sunlight.
Water the plant when the soil feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering for the winter & rainy season.
Fertilize dianthus plant mostly in the spring season with an organic fertilizer.
Plant dianthus 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.
Dianthus plants may grow in partial shade or full sun, and are drought tolerant when established.
Keep soil moist throughout the growing season.
Loamy soil/Soil with a pH range of 6.5 to 8.0
60 to 70 degrees C
Use any organic fertilizer
Dianthus special feature
Dianthus are garden classics, appearing in many shapes and colors, most with blue/green or blue frosted quill-like foliage.
Can be used as an ornamental plant in landscapes and gardens
Dianthus is also often used in cooking
(When using this herb for cooking make sure to remove the petal base – it is quite bitter!) Fresh dianthus petals can be used to liven up salads, sandwiches and pies
The petals of the flowers, when crystallized, make beautiful decorations for cakes and pastries
Frequently Asked Questions
How to remove deadhead from Dianthus?
Wait until the petals of your Dianthus have started to fade, wilt or fall off before you deadhead. You may also cut Dianthus in full bloom to bring indoors in a bouquet, and that will serve the same purpose as deadheading. Use pruning shears or a pair of scissors to cut the faded flower stem back to the base, just above the nearest set of leaves. You may cut a few leaves for bouquets, but make sure the plant has some leaves left for photosynthesis. Continue to monitor your Dianthus over the course of the summer and fall. Depending on the species, some Dianthus flowers may only need to be deadheaded once or twice during the growing season, while others may need attention every week.
Can Dianthus take full sun?
Yes, Dianthus can take full sun(4-6 hrs)
Does Dianthus need full sun?
Plant can grow in full sun, partial shade or anywhere they will receive 4-6 hours of sun.
Does Dianthus spread?
Yes, Dianthus spreads.
Will Dianthus grow in shade?
Yes, Dianthus plant can grow in full sun, partial shade or anywhere they will receive 4-6 hours of sun.
How to plant Dianthus?
1. To grow plant in pot, choose a pot having of 5-inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well-drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot.
3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil.
4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct sunlight for 4-6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water General caring tips Plant should get 4-6 hours of sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season(October-January).
Why is my Dianthus dying?
Make sure your plant is getting enough amount of bright direct sunlight (4-6 hrs a day), water it when the upper layer of the soil feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water. Do not overwater the plant. This plant doesn’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.
Is Dianthus annual or perennial?
Dianthus are annual flowering plants
Can Dianthus be divided?
No, Dianthus can not divide.
Is Dianthus poisonous to dogs?
Yes, Dianthus is mildly toxic to dogs if digested.
Does Dianthus need to be deadheaded?
Yes, Dianthus needs to be deadheaded
How to care Dianthus?
Sunlight Keep the plant outdoor in direct bright light(4-6 hrs). Protect the plant from the afternoon direct harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage. Soil The soil should be well-drained and fertile rich in organic content. Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season. Application of Fertilizer During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month. Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
When to plant Dianthus?
You can plant Dianthus in the spring(February-March)season.
Is Dianthus edible?
No, Dianthus is not edible.
Where to plant Dianthus?
You can grow Dianthus outdoor where the availability of 4-6 hrs of direct bright light.
Is Dianthus an indoor plant?
Yes, You can grow Dianthus indoor where the availability of 4-6 hrs of direct bright light.
Can Dianthus survive frost?
Yes,these plants can tolerate a light frost, but don't like a deep freeze.
Does Dianthus bloom all summer?
Yes, Dianthus can bloom throughout the summer(April-June).
How to grow Dianthus?
Dianthus is grown by seeds and cuttings. Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Sunlight- 4-6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required.
2. Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well-drained, fertile and nutrient-rich.
3. Water-Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch.
4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season(April-June). Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com
Monday, 15 June 2020
This plant came in a horrible state this week. An auto guy had a huge lot of plants(all open), and delivered it due to lockdown I believe. The leaves were all droopy and the soil is soggy, it's not draining well. I have no clue what to do with this plant. The portulaca which came with it was healthy though. Fyi this site didn't let me put stars less than 4. I would have given 1.