Would you like Dianthus chinensis to grace your garden walkways and beds? It’s certainly a beautiful flower coming in pink, red, or triple colors to adorn your property or give as a gift.
It’s commonly referred to as China pinks since they come from Asia. However, these unique, serrated flowers had been cultivated in Europe and now are quite popular there too.
So considering that you are growing Dianthuses in your place, we’ll walk you through the essentials of caring for them.
Basic Information about Dianthus Chinensis
China pink (Dianthus chinensis) belongs to the beautiful, large carnation family called Caryophyllaceae. That explains why China pinks have some resemblance with carnations.
The plant can be grown as an annual, biennial, or perennial flower. These plants are known for their versatility, as they can be grown en masse in flower beds, edging, rocks, and potteries.
They are known for their cutting petals, long and slender stems, and lance-shaped leaves. Each cluster can grow 10 to 15 flowers. All of which bloom in late spring.
Also, depending on how you have grown them, whether spaced apart or compactly, they can be 6 to 15 inches wide and up to 30 inches tall.
Growing Dianthus Chinensis
Dianthus chinensis prefers a well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Upon testing the soil, it should be from 6 to 7.5 on the pH scale. This means that soil should be of neutral pH, neither acidic nor alkaline.
Lovers of cool air, dianthuses are best planted in cool summer or late spring conditions. Unfortunately, they can’t do well in a hot and humid environment.
As such, you must also consider the climate of where you plan to plant them. The plant is best placed on a spot receiving direct light exposure. However, if the sun is sweltering, it must be moved to a partially shaded area.
Aim to water the flowers about an inch every week. You may have to do it more frequently during hot and dry spells. Be careful, though, not to splash water onto the leaves, or they may develop mold, which will eat away at them.
If you have grown the plant as a biennial or perennial, it can tolerate some drought periods, but it should be watered still. However, if you’ve planted the China pink as an annual, also follow the watering guidelines above.
As an added layer of protection from the unforgiving heat, you can use gravel mulch for your Dianthuses. This helps to keep their roots cool and their soil retain moisture.
And once the magnificent flower show is over, you have to cut dark and droopy flowers and foliage. As a result, your flower will have a newer and light bloom next season.
Resources on Gift Delivery
When your Dianthuses finally bloom in your garden, they will make great gifts to loved ones! Pair your homegrown Dianthus bouquet with any of these gift selections.