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Pretty Dianthus or “Pinks” as they are often called are perfect for planting in containers and window boxes. They can be grown alone or mixed with other plants for a cottage garden feel. They also have a sweet spicy scent, making a nice addition to seating areas, window boxes and entryways. They love to spread and can easily fill a container during a growing season, so keep that in mind when spacing with other plants. They can be added to larger hanging basket arrangements as the center element or focus plant.
Planting Dianthus in Pots
Dianthus works well as a container plant and can be planted in the spring and summer for a touch of romantic texture and color. They like a partial shade spot, which means three to six hours of sunlight each day. They do not do well in direct, hot sun locations. They also need sufficient drainage. Make sure your container has extra drainage holes. Dianthus does not like its roots to sit in water. The best material for planters is a porous one that can breathe and will not become waterlogged.
Best Soil For Dianthus in Pots
Choose a rich potting mix that is a little on the alkaline side. You can also add some slow-release fertilizer to the soil and mix well. You want to make it as easy as possible for your young plants to grow and thrive. You can add a thin layer of mulch to the top of your container to help with moisture retention. But be sure your plants are not smothered.
Caring For Dianthus in Planters
Dianthus are easy to care for in planters. Keep the soil moist with daily or every other day watering, and fertilize every 4 to 6 weeks with a good slow-release fertilizer. Deadheading your plants will also keep them growing and healthy. In hanging baskets, you may need to pull up and divide your dianthus if it is taking over other plants and running out of growing room.
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