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Dianthus, Diana's Blueberry Hybrid

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True blue color now in a dianthus.

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Another garden first brought to you only from Burpee. The most coveted of garden hues;true blue;is now in this high performing annual dianthus. Strong, full plants quickly fill the garden bed with a carpet of darling 1" blooms with overlapping petals and a crisp white eye . Untouched by summer's heat, humidity or rain, the self-cleaning plants require no special care to look their best. Enjoy cool color right up until frost.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

Dianthus may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 8 weeks before last expected heavy spring frost
  • Sow thinly and evenly and barely cover with soil
  • Keep the soil moist at 65-70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Plant outdoors in a sunny area with well-drained soil after danger of last spring.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow thinly and evenly and barely cover with fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days depending on the soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to about 12 inches apart.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Dianthus makes a great long lasting cut flower.
  • Great for containers as well as in the garden as a bedding plant.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
8-10 inches
Spread
8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
9 weeks
Dianthus, Diana's Blueberry Hybrid is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I started these last year and they came up great and the color looked exactly like the picture. Love them!
Date published: 2012-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not blue! Nothing like the photo or the description. Flower color is a clear saturated pink, no hint of blue or lavender. Waited a year to see these bloom only to be disappointed by the color. Foliage is finer and more delicate than typical dianthus chinensis, leaves sometimes displaying pink or reddish tips. Burns up easily in Texas full sun, so I recommend part or morning sun only.
Date published: 2011-04-11
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