How to Grow Dianthus
Dianthus are hardy perennial flowers with bright, fragrant blooms, perfect
for your flowered. Some of the more popular Dianthus are known as
William, and Cottage Pinks.
Dianthus flowers have fragrant blooms, that are 1" to 1 1/2" diameter.
Most varieties of Dianthus will grow 18" to 24". They look great in
a flowerbed, or a rock garden. They can be planted singly, or in groups.
Dianthus are grown from seed. They can also be propagated by cuttings.
Dianthus seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or started
indoors for transplanting later. Dianthus prefers warm weather. If planting
outdoors, sow them after the soil has begun to warm in the spring.
We recommend an indoor start, six to eight weeks before the last frost in
your area. If started early, they will bloom in the first year.
Sow seeds early in the season and cover lightly with soil. Space seeds or
seedlings 10-12" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding, and look good
in clumps or groups.
How to Grow Dianthus Plants:
Dianthus plants are very easy to grow. They prefer a cool climate, full sun,
and rich, well drained soil. Water them during dry periods, once or twice
per week. Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month.
After the flowers have died, cut the stems to ground level.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Mildew problems may occur in
warm, humid weather. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with
organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
to Grow Dianthus Plants