It is native to certain regions of Europe and Asia. These are referred to as carnations, sweet William or pinks. Gardening enthusiasts, especially fond of growing flowering plants have a great variety to choose from. Dianthus flowers are beautiful and often used as cut flowers in flower arrangements.
They come in vibrant hues and have a distinctive sweet fragrance. Some of the varieties produce small pink flowers with delicate lacy edges and have spiky blue-green leaves. The height of the plant will vary depending on the variety, but most of the varieties attain a height between 10 to 20 inches.
If you wish to grow this beautiful flowering plant in your garden, you need to consider several aspects such as selection of the site, quality of soil, mulching, watering and fertilizing. Read on to find dianthus care instructions. These will surely come in handy if you are planning to grow this flowering plant.
Damp environment can curb the growth of the plant and increase the risk of diseases, so make sure that the place is airy. Don't place them very close to other plants, especially fast-growing plants.
If you want the plant to grow fast, ensure that the soil is fertile and well-drained. Soil should be a bit alkaline with 6.75 pH. Though this plant may grow well in well-drained sandy soil, it is best to add rotted leaves, compost, pine needles or materials that may retain moisture and nutrients.
Sow the seeds about 1/8 inch deep in the soil. The soil should be well-drained and the planting site should receive a lot of sun. Cover the seed with soil and water the plant to moisten the soil.
Insert a finger to see if the soil is moist. Don't water if the compost seems to be moist. Excessive watering can cause root rot. It can also cause yellowing of the foliage. You will not need to water the plant very often during the winter season.
Use a fertilizer that is rich in potassium to encourage prolific flowering. This will strengthen the stems and the blooms will be brighter and prettier.
Disbudding and Pruning
If you see 8 or 9 pairs of leaves, pinch off the growing tip. This allows growth of side shoots, stems.
Pinching the shoots will encourage prolific flowering. If you ignore this, the number of blooms would be less. If you wish to get bigger blooms than getting many blooms, remove the surplus buds from the plant. Get rid of the thin side stalks frequently. This will allow the crown bud to develop on each flowering stem.
You should prune and cut foliage in every spring. Most of the spent or faded blooms should be removed, but you could leave a few spent flowers if you want them to produce the seed.