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Splash of colour in the border!

Carnation 'Fantasy' (Dianthus caryophyllus) is an eye-catching carnation with red stripes and red margins. ‘Fantasy’ is an excellent garden subject and also very popular as cut flowers. Suitable for planting in borders, patio pots or window-boxes.

Dianthus 'Fantasy' Red-Pink

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Fantasy'

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Specifications
Red,Pink
Not edible
Flowering June - September
Cut flower
Stays green
Growing height 30 - 40 cm
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Hardy plant
Evergreen
Location: Half shadow
Planting
Dianthus caryophyllus (pinks) seed requires no prior treatment. How to Sow Sow under glass: March to April.
Sow in the garden: End April through to September.
There are two ways to sow:
  1. It's easy to sow from March indoors using a windowsill propagator - or perhaps in the cold frame. Fill small pots with some potting compost and plant one seed per pot. Pinks need the light to germinate so just press it carefully down and sprinkle your row of pots with water and the heat will do the rest (20 degrees C). Plant seedlings up to a slightly larger pot after one month, then delay growth from April until better weather by keeping them cool and light in perhaps a cold frame. They can go outdoors from mid-May but do acclimatise them first with one hour longer outdoors in the shade, every day for 5 days.
  2. Sow directly in the garden, in a sunny spot from the end of April through to September. Only those sown early will flower this year. Loosen the soil with a fork to about 30 cm and make a straight grove about 1 cm deep. Always label your rows! Pinks (Dianthus caryophyllus) needs light to germinate so do not cover - just press one seed carefully onto the soil every 10 cm and then sprinkle the row with water. Extra rows should be 20 cm apart.
The seeds should germinate in 7-14 days - protect them from frost with some garden fleece as they are frost sensitive.
Planting out in the garden
From mid-May, the 5-6 week old plants can go in the garden in a sunny spot in the border or in an attractive planter for the patio or patio.
Your profusely flowering pinks can go in their final position in the garden from mid-May. They will look great in hanging baskets and pots but also directly in beds and borders. Dig a hole for each plant and improve poor soil with some well-rotted manure or some fresh potting compost.
In beds and borders, plant them 20 cm apart 10 cm apart in (hanging) pots. Fill up the hole, press well in and water immediately. These pinks like it in the full sun and from the start of spring right through the summer they will be overladen with lovely blooms.
Care
Water your garden dianthus (Dianthus caryophyllus) extra in periods of drought. Keep the bed weed free and your pinks will surely thrive. Pinks are very undemanding but don't like to stand in water. They will even do well in poor soil. Regular fertilising will encourage profuse flowering.
Add a liquid plant food for flowering plants to the watering can during the flowering season. Deadhead regularly and your Dianthus caryophyllus will continue to bud. This plant flowers from May right through the summer.
Pots and hanging baskets
The pinks (Dianthus caryophyllus) are ideal for growing in pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. Plant your seedlings in the spring close together in fresh potting compost. For a really colourful combination plant them together with lobelia, (hanging) geranium and verbena. Borders and flowerbeds We all know pinks (Dianthus caryophyllus) as a popular plant for growing in beds, borders and boxes but they can look fabulous in hanging baskets too. It just makes a great plant for anywhere.
Try a box lined bed filled with this summer flowering plant or use them to edge the garden path... gorgeous!
Extra
Dianthus caryophyllus (pinks) are bi-annual perennials that will grow to 20-30 cm tall. They originated in Western and Southern France.
Dianthus is classified with carnations under Caryophyllaceae.
Description

Splash of colour in the border!

Carnation 'Fantasy' (Dianthus caryophyllus) is an eye-catching carnation with red stripes and red margins. ‘Fantasy’ is an excellent garden subject and also very popular as cut flowers. Suitable for planting in borders, patio pots or window-boxes.

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