Sunday, April 11, 2010
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These won’t be blooming in our area for a couple of months but I really want to learn to grow them reliably which means researching what they want for optimal growth habits. It can be frustrating when you try a plant several times and it cops out every time. To me that usually means we are not providing the right cultural conditions. From everything I have read on Dianthus culture the following two points have stuck out at me. One that it actually like a little bit of shade and two, that I have probably overwatered it in the past. I have a feeling I may be loving them to death if you what I mean.
So I will be optimistically be out there planting some again this year with high hopes of the beautiful carpet of color this flower can provide. After all if you are gardener and don’t have some optimism you might as well hang up your trowel and rake. With the new varieties of Maiden Pinks they are coming out with like this ‘Arctic Fire’ there is now more reason to try and get them to grow.
'Arctic Fire' Dianthus
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