Dianthus 'Apple Slice' PP21842
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Series Name: FRUIT PUNCH® Series|
Common Name: Pinks
These fragrant, intricately patterned, deep velvety red, 1.5" double blossoms have pale pink to white blotches in the center of each petal with a matching narrow picotee edge. They are presented on 10" tall wiry stems above a grassy mound of glaucous blue-green, grassy foliage.
Deer resistant, low maintenance and drought tolerant, attracts butterflies, fragrant, cute cut flower—what more could one want in a perennial? The Dianthus FRUIT PUNCH®series delivers all that and more in your choice of four colors. Double flowers stand like mini carnations atop a short mound of evergreen foliage in early summer. A quick shearing after flowering will encourage them to rebloom in early fall. Dianthus is just the right size to edge the front of the sunny border and use in combination containers.
Intro Year: 2008
Breeder: Kevin Hurd
Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc. / Proven Winners
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Watch a video about how to finish FRUIT PUNCH® Dianthus successfully by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rWi0SQCih8
Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness.
Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot.
The female parent of all members of the double flowered FRUIT PUNCH® Series is D. 'Double Spotty'. 'Double Spotty' was a selected seedling of 'Spotty' made by the Fleming Brothers. 'Spotty' was the result of a 40-year breeding program conducted by the Fleming Brothers.
What came first--the color or the flower? The color we call "pink" was actually named after "Pinks," the common name of Dianthus.
Did you know Dianthus flowers are edible? The individual petals have a sweet taste just like their perfumed scent.