Annual flowers - very colorful and therefore excellent for edging, containers and tubs.
Grows well in full sun, rich and chalky garden soil.
They are best grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun, but appreciate some afternoon shade in hot summer weather.
Deadhead spent flowers to prolong bloom. When flowering declines, plants may be sheared to promote additional bloom.
Genus - Dianthus
Species - Chinensis
Variety - mix
Common name - China Pinks
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0.20 m
Spread - 0.20 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full Sun, partial shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Mildly acidic - Neutral (pH 6-7.5)
Soil type - Rich, moist, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Ideal for the fragrant garden, containers or groundcover
Bloom season - July - August
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Crimson, rose, red, white
Sow indoors from February to April. A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds. Sow 0,5 cm deep in trays of compost.
Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of +15-+20C is ideal. Keep moist.
Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days.
Transplant 5 cm apart to further trays when large enough to handle (always hold by a leaf, never by the stem).
Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions.
Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 15 cm apart, into well-drained soil, when frosts are over.
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