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Dianthus chinensis heddewigii 'Black And White Minstrels'

Carnation, Chinese Pink, Indian Pink

Hardy Annual

Showy plants for bedding, border, rockery and containers producing an abundance of quite unique, showy black and white flowers throughout summer. The dainty, fully double blooms are heavily laced, over an inch in diameter and sweetly scented. They make excellent cut flowers lasting a long time in water. Flowers summer. Height 30-38cm (12-15in).

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.

Ideal For:
patio, cottage gardens, alpine & rockery, cut flower garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
February, March, April
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (30 dianthus seeds)

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    • £0.99
Sow early spring at 21C (70F) in a good free draining seed compost, just covering the seed. Germination usually takes 7-21 days.

When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow on in cool conditions. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost 30cm (12in) apart in a sunny spot on light well drained soil. For pot plants, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots, grow cool, well ventilated and give plenty of light, but shade from direct sun.

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