Dianthus Fruit Punch have deeply fragrant fringed flowers with flowers and buds forming on the same stems which are borne throughout the year. Flowers show up in masses through the year with the cooler months bringing heaviest flowering. Flowers are in shades of red, pink and shades in between. Ideal for small floral arrangements.
Dianthus Fruit Punch grow as dwarf formal clumping plants, ideal as garden borders. The vividly coloured frilly flowers of Dianthus are a good selection for a smaller smart garden pot and an excellent gift for that special someone in your life. Flowers can be used for small floral arrangements and last well. In pots or gardens the show made will be one that stands out amongst other plants.
Remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms. Use liquid fertiliser regularly. Dianthus need open porous soil in gardens in full sun. They like neutral Ph so an application of Dolomite before planting is beneficial. Good drainage is a must, they will not tolerate wet soils. Older flowers need to be removed to allow the buds that are continually developing to swell and come out. They stand dry conditions very well but if exceedingly dry give a deep watering from time to time. If conditions are met as described above Dianthus is relatively immune to any real problems.
Dianthus plumarius is native to the northern hemisphere growing from central Europe through into Russian Siberia. Plants were collected before the middle of the seventeenth century and in England, more particularly Scotland were treasured and carefully nurtured. The Cottage Pink of British gardens was developed from these early introductions and now has a place in garden folk law. From the time the English estates came into their own until the present day these plants have been of great interest to gardeners everywhere.