Very pretty and unusual-looking Dianthus
Unique blooms with deeply cut petals
Strong, sweet fragrance
Delightful cut flowers
Height Up to 35cm (13.8in)
Spread Up to 30cm (11.8in)
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Years of selection means that we're now able to offer customers this very pretty and unusual-looking Dianthus. Unique blooms with deeply cut petals give Dianthus 'Rainbow Loveliness Improved Mixed' a soft, feathery appearance. These pretty, eye-catching pinks have a strong, sweet fragrance that makes them a delightful cut flower for a vase indoors. Compact and hardy, they will quickly form attractive clumps at the front of borders, or try planting them in containers for a low maintenance display on the patio. Dianthus 'Rainbow Loveliness Improved Mixed' will flower in its first year if sown by the end of February. Height and spread: 30cm (12").
Culinary note: Use the clove like tasting petals for adding to cakes, either for flavour or decorating, suitable for soups, salads and sauces too. For more details about edible flowers click here.
1 packet (30 dianthus seeds) (48318)
Sow Dianthus seeds indoors from February to April on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and keep at a temperature of between 18-20C (64-68F). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination usually takes 14 - 30 days.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3") pots and grow Dianthus plants on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise pinks to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost. Plant Dianthus at a distance of 23cm (9") apart on any fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Alternatively plant Dianthus 'Rainbow Loveliness Improved Mixed' in containers on a sunny patio.
Feed and water Dianthus plants regularly until they are fully established. Deadhead faded Dianthus flowers to encourage more blooms to be produced throughout the summer.
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