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May 30, 2004



The dianthus I've planted have done much better when they're in afternoon shade. I planted some in full sun and they croaked. The ones I've planted in a mostly shady area lived but they aren't spreading like the other ones. The ones that get afternoon shade have been thriving & spreading for about 3 yrs. now. So I'd say the "Full Sun" is a bit misleading.

I've also found that I can often force a second blooming out of them by clipping all the first blooms when they start fading. Since you're much farther north than I, I don't know if that will work for you.


Maiden Pinks are a special sort of dianthus that are everblooming thru the season - no clipping needed. Last summer they were planted in a container on the deck, and the performed beatifully all summer. Hopefully they will do as well in the place they were transplanted to!

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