Botanical Name: Dianthus heddewigii Gaiety Double Mix
Common Name: Double Mixed Chinese Pinks
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 200
Dianthus heddewigii Gaiety Double Mix, Double Mixed Chinese Pinks: These large flowered, dwarf, double Dianthus originated in China. The fragrant blooms are a mix of pink, rose, mauve, magenta, fuchsia, red and white, several with painted and plashed edges. These hardy perennials bloom over a long period especially if deadheaded. Lovely cut flower. Enjoys full sun in well drained soil that is slightly alkaline. Frost and dry hardy. A yearly dressing of dolomite lime is beneficial. Cut back after flowering to keep compact shape. 30-45 cm H x 40 cm W.
Sowing Indoors: Dianthus seed can be started in early spring indoors. Sow onto good quality seed raising mix in pots or modules, cover seed with vermiculite. Water well and place in an unheated poly house. Germination should take 14-21 days at 12-15°C. Plant out in spring when large enough to handle.
Sow directly: Sow seeds after last frost very thinly into finely prepared soil, that has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow 6 mm deep into drills spaced 30 cm apart. Cover with a fine sprinkling of soil. Water well and keep damp until germination, 14-21 days at 12-15°C. Thin to 15m when large enough to handle. Replant thinning’s elsewhere.