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Dianthus, Firewitch

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2006 Perennial Plant of the Year.

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Deep violet pink blooms emit the sweet fragrance of carnations, covering low-growing mounding plants all spring. Holds up well in cold, heat or humidity.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

3-8

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.

6-9 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-15 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Rabbit

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Dianthus: Indoor or Direct Sow or Potted Plant Perennial

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 in summer, or grown from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 8 weeks before the last frost in spring
  • Barely cover with seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 60-70 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.
  • 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.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun with loose, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow outdoors in a sunny area with well-drained soil after danger of last spring frost or in late summer 12 weeks before ground freezes.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds thinly and evenly and barely cover with fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 14-21 days.
  • Thin to 12 inches apart when seedlings have three sets of leaves.

How to Grow

  • 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 germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or 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.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • 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 such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Deadheading will encourage more continuous blooms and keep the plants looking neat.
  • Plants may benefit from a winter mulch after the ground freezes, such as Christmas tree branches. Remove in spring before new growth appears.

Growing Tips

  • Dianthus is lovely along the front of the border, as an edging, in cottage gardens and rock gardens.
  • Dianthus makes a fine and long lasting cut flower.
Zone
3-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
6-9 inches
Spread
12-15 inches
Bloom Season
Spring
Resistant To
Deer, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Dianthus
Life Cycle
Perennial
Dianthus, Firewitch is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planted fall and spring, successful both seasons I ordered some of these to plant in the fall, and they took just fine and stayed strong in the winter. They never seemed to die or anything...didn't grow or bloom, mind you, but didn't wither or wilt. This spring, I ordered more, and they have really taken off. They have spread about 20% in 2 weeks and have lots of pretty blooms. I'm going to let them fill in the little beds they're in completely. Can't wait to see the overflowing flood of pink!
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from :-( I bought 3 of these and it never bloomed. It looks horrible. Wast of time and money.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorites These have been my favorite flowers for several years. They bloom from spring through the fall. They do just fine in high heat in the summer and make it through our coldest winters. They come up faithfully every year, always a little thicker and more beautiful than the year before. They are very low maintenance, which makes me adore them even more.
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely plant, but felled by this year's heat Appealing variety of dianthus, and holds up well in most dry, hot weather - but alas, none of the Firewitch plants in my garden survived this year's extreme heat here in north Texas (when funnily enough, a more common variety of dianthus DID survive).
Date published: 2011-10-02
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