These perennial herbs feature colorful flowers with five petals. Most flowers from the genus dianthus are some shade of pink, ranging from very pale to deeper shades of pink.
Dianthus flowers are relatively easy to grow and care for. They are usually grown from seeds, but can also be grown using dianthus cuttings. The seeds should either be grown outdoors during warm weather, or planted indoors in a pot and transferred outside when spring arrives.
How to Plant Dianthus Flowers:
- Place seeds in a container filled with potting soil. This container should be shallow and should contain individual cells. Each cell should have 3-4 seeds planted in it.
- Do not plant the seeds deep; they should be covered with a very thin layer of potting soil. Keep the soil moist until the plants have grown and are ready to be moved outdoors.
- Place the container in a warm and sunny location such as a window or under fluorescent lights, until it is warm enough to plant the flowers outside.
- Plant flowers between two and three feet apart. The top of the roots should be even with the surface soil. Do not mulch dianthus plants.
- Water the flowers once a week. Do not overwater dianthus flowers.
- If you find aphids on your dianthus flowers, use a garden hose to wash them off. Treat red spider mites with insecticidal soap.