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Chinese Pink

Dianthus chinensis

Indian Pink, Annual Pink, Sweet William

Compact and low-growing, this Dianthus variety has very large, single flowers with serrated petals. Colors include crimson, rose, red, white and bicolors. Flowers have a clove-jasmine scent and are ideal for the fragrant garden. Although the species is perennial, the Baby Doll series is grown as annual.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Seeds are harvested as the seed capsules dry and open.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed early in spring.

Special features

Pot plant
Well suited to containers.

Geography

Origin
Aisia, China, Korea, Mongolia, South Eastern Russia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Caryophyllaceae
Flower colour
White, pink, red
Scent
Strong

Problems

Susceptible to aphids and slugs, bait slugs with beer traps and encourage natural predators for aphid control

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