Most are perennial, though some are biennial or annual. Perennial forms—also called pinks—are evergreen or semi-evergreen. The common name is derived from the frilly edges of the petals, which look like they were cut with pinking shears. Sweet William is a short-lived perennial most often grown as a biennial or annual.
You should water carnation plants once or twice weekly if the top 3 inches of soil is dry. Soaking water directly into the soil will keep roots well-saturated and flowers from wilting or rotting. Early-morning watering allows leaves to dry in sunlight. After-dusk watering keeps Read more
For instance, a garden in USDA zone 9 with winter temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit can safely overwinter China pinks in the ground. But China pink dianthus in pots should be considered hardy only to zone 11. This means a minimum annual temperature of Read more
They can grow as tall as 36 inches, but typical growth is 12 to 24 inches with many cultivars bred as dwarf plants 6 to 8 inches tall. A collection of cultivars of Dianthus barbatus or sweet Williams.
Risks to Your Health. While no type of pink mold poses an immediate, serious threat to your health the way black mold does, pink molds can still harm you. Mold in your house can lead to respiratory and urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal trouble, and even Read more
Lightly trim the foliage to encourage fresh growth. Pinks are not long-lived – they have a tendency to sprawl in the middle and go woody at the base – so it's not unusual to have to replace them after about six years. You can take Read more
The flowers, sometimes called carnations or pinks, come in over 300 varieties which feature different colors, sizes and shapes. Properly trimming the plants helps encourage reblooming and maintains the shape and health of the foliage and stems. Pinch off the spent flowers as they fade Read more
Space plants 6 to 12 inches apart. Pinks grow best in cool, moist conditions, but once established, they're tolerant of drought. They like a slightly alkaline soil so keep the pH close to 7 by adding lime based on a soil test. Fertilize in spring Read more
To prevent tall or “leggy” plants, pinch back flowering plants such as fuchsias, calendula, zinnia, petunia, pinks (Dianthus chinensis), geraniums, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, and just about any other annual with a few exceptions. Pinch your plants while they are still very small.
Similar to sweet William, China pink is a short-lived perennial most often grown as a cool-season annual. This novelty variety has fuzzy 3-inch ball-shaped flowers on strong, upright stems. Treat as an annual in most climates and half-hardy perennial in warmer regions.
It's not essential, but if you have it, dust the bottom in hormone rooting powder before firming each one into a pot of gritty compost. Water and cover with a plastic bag to keep in moisture and, in a few weeks, you'll have a rooted Read more
Hardy perennials also known as pinks, carnations (Dianthus spp.) Although carnations thrive with minimal care, pruning and other plant maintenance revives tired, leggy plants and keeps carnations healthy and disease-free.
Soil conditions: Pinks are fairly tolerant to most garden soils, ideally a PH level of about 6 is ideal, they prefer alkaline to acidic, but they must have good drainage. On clay or poorly drained soil, add some grit into the soil where you are Read more
Like most plants, dianthus leaves will start to droop or wilt if the plant is thirsty. In severe cases, the leaves will become dry and brittle to the touch. If the leaves are turning yellow, that is a common way to tell that the plant Read more
Pot carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) grow well in indoor conditions and prefer temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, well-draining potting soil, bright light and good air circulation.
When you plant transplants, you should dig a hole twice as deep as the pot and just as wide. Remove the pink from the pot and set it into the hole. Fill the hole with potting soil or compost and soil. Make sure you fill Read more
Planting Dianthus Plant pinks 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.
Pinks are hardy but usually perform best when planted in spring. Make sure they are acclimatised to outside temperatures first before you plant them. Plant in full sun. Deadhead plants as flowers go over for tidier plants.
Dianthus (commonly known as carnations or pinks) are an easy to care for perennial or annual plant. The plants bloom during the summer and some can rebloom into the fall. One of the best ways to ensure that your plant produces the most amount of Read more
Pinks require a well-drained soil. Improve heavy soils by digging in grit prior to planting. Alternatively plant pinks in pots of peat-free, multi-purpose compost. Plants should settle in quickly if grown in the right conditions, so you won't need to water them for long.
Plant pinks 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 Read more
According to the University of Missouri's Integrated Pest Management, peonies do, in fact, attract ants—but why? Essentially, because they're so sweet (as if we didn't already know that). Budding peonies secrete nectar that ants, in turn, rely on for food.
DEAR NICK: That pink, lumpy stuff is a type of slime mold, Lycogala epidendrum, which thrives during hot, moist weather on dead, yet nutritious, organic matter like fallen trees and mulch.
Pinks poisoning in dogs is a mild to moderate condition that usually causes gastric upset and maybe irritation of the skin. The most dangerous side effect of pinks poisoning is the damage done to the red blood cells by the triterpenoid saponins in the foliage Read more
Plant pinks in full sun, partial shade or anywhere they will receive at least 6 hours of sun.
Pinks like well-drained soil in a sunny position but can also be grown in partial shade.
The leaves contain glycosides called triterpenoid saponins that can cause a foaming in the digestive tract and stomach, triggering gastrointestinal irritation. The most dangerous side effect of pinks poisoning is the damage done to the red blood cells by the triterpenoid saponins in the foliage Read more
Plant pinks 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.
Pinks are hardy and cope well in hot summers and very cold winters. They do best in a neutral or alkaline soil.
Pink rot develops in poorly-drained soils and field areas, or under excessive irrigation/rainfall. Often plants growing next to wheel tracks or wherever there is stagnant water. It's most severe in wet soils that are at 68-86oF. Pink rot can survive on the roots of small Read more
Water. Dianthus flowers need weekly watering. Aim to give plants 1 inch of water per week, but avoid water-logging the soil.
Pink Lady Anatomy "Pink Lady" apple blossoms have both male and female parts for reproduction. However, they are also referred to as self-sterile. They cannot pollinate themselves successfully and produce a fruit.
Pinks plants are very easy to grow. They prefer full sun and a well drained soil. They will do well in average soils, but prefer rich soils. They tolerate dry soil conditions.
According to Garden Design, adding lime or eggshells to the soil will ensure a pinker color, while adding aluminum sulfate, pine needles, or coffee grounds can give your hydrangeas the blues.
A host of different diseases can infect dianthus plants. These problems cause foliage and flowers to suddenly wilt, roots to rot and various parts of the plant to discolor. Calyx rot starts at the tip of the flowers and gradually engulfs the blossom.
Dianthus – Plants that Grow in Sandy Soil and Sun Also known as Pinks and Carnations, Dianthus are garden cottage classics. Dianthus are available in a variety of colors. Many are fragrant and make lovely bouquets. Many varieties have blue-green or blue frosted foliage.
The attractive white or pink blossom hums with a variety of species, helping to produce tasty fruit for us. Spring - Bees are major pollinators of these trees, especially the Red mason bee. The attractive white or pink blossom hums with a variety of species, Read more
The more compact alpine pinks are perfect for planting in pots, window boxes and hanging baskets and also look good in rockeries. Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus), grown as biennials for early summer flowers, are also part of the Dianthus family.
Allwood pinks (D. x allwoodii) are long lasting with flowering extending at least 8 weeks. They are mostly double flowering and come in two sizes, 3 to 6 inches (8-15 cm.)
Mound-forming pinks. Photo by Lorna Kring. Water new plants weekly. They can be fertilized every 4-6 weeks with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer such as 20-10-20 during the growing season, or apply a slow-release pellet-form fertilizer in the spring.