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Dianthus ‘Christopher’

Carnation

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.5m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPink-red
  • Leaf ColourBlue-grey green-grey

Description

Dianthus ‘Christopher’ (Carnation). Has mildly fragrant, double, bright pinkish-red flowers.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Europe, Asia, South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their mass of flowers, often scented, some of which are excellent for cutting. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy, and will need an open sunny position with well drained slightly alkaline soil. The tall species of carnations and pinks have a loose habit and will need staking. Dead-heading of repeat-flowering types is beneficial.

Propagation

You can propagate the border carnations by layering in late summer. Other named forms can be increased by softwood cuttings in late spring and the species by seed at any time.

Pests, diseases or disorders

They are susceptible to rust, slugs, red spider mite and virus infection through aphids, but many cultivars are available from virus free stock.

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