Most have an RHS hardiness rating of  H6 (hardy to temperatures of -20 to -15ºC), and are suitable for gardens in The distinction between carnations and pinks is sometimes blurred. Dianthus will benefit from a feeding of dolomite once a year. Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is an old-fashioned spring bloomer that grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 3 through 9. Dianthus are easy to grow. The flowers are known for the highly spicy sweet fragrance. If you make a purchase from a link on our site we may receive a commission. We ensure this first water is really saturated making sure water runs freely out the seedling trays drainage holes. It is also wise to make sure that the stock plant has been in a stable growth routine and has not dried out in the preceding two weeks. When is the best time to take dianthus cuttings? Make sure your plant is healthy before you take cuttings from it. To take cuttings, known as pipings, firmly hold a non-flowering shoot in one hand just below a leaf node and pull the rest of the stem sharply with the other hand. Make sure you water your stock plant the day before you take cuttings and it is best to take your cuttings during the first hours of light. 25cm. 20cm. It is best to pull away the new growth by hand by gently tugging from the main plant. The roots on these cuttings had struck within 6 weeks. Using a sharp, clean knife, cut the stem at an angle just below a lower node, and trim off the top of the stem above the upper node. Tel 01256 896533,, • Whetmans Pinks, Houndspool, Ashcombe,  Dawlish, Devon EX7 0QP. Direct sunlight and wind will quickly dry out the cuttings and with no roots they will almost certainly not survive. We pot our cuttings into small 50mm(2″) pots. Although the stems are relatively short, it can spread to 50cm. Those grown in pots may need some winter protection. Its name has appeared in books and catalogues since the early 1600s. Growing indoor plants from cuttings is as easy as other plants in this list, and because these plants usually come expensive–it’s the most inexpensive way to multiply them too. After watering the freshly potted dianthus should one again return to a sheltered area. An old cultivar and one of the darkest-flowered pinks with deep-burgundy flowers that have a finely cut, mauve fringe. Taking cuttings from dahlias can net you five to 10 plants from a single tuber. Remove the lower leaves and you have a cutting. Taking cuttings. Taking cuttings is also a great way to reproduce your carnation plants after a few years. We only propagate perennial dianthus using cuttings as the annual varieties are mostly propagated via seed. A member of the carnation family, dianthus looks and often smells like a miniature carnation plant. By entering your details, you are agreeing to Gardens Illustrated terms and conditions and privacy policy. 40cm. Brought to Britain by refugees and cultivated by florists’ societies, long-flowering pinks are renowned for their spicy perfume. Sometimes sold as Dianthus ‘Constance Finnis’. Dianthus will flower for the majority of the year from mid spring right into autumn. Carnations, known botanically as Dianthus caryophyllus, are herbaceous perennial plants with sweetly scented, ruffled blossoms. These handsome garden favorites may be propagated by seeds or rooted cuttings. The exact origin of the word itself is unclear, but it is thought to refer to the pinking around the edges of the flower’s petals. USDA zones 3a to 9b. The perfume is sweeter and less spicy than that of most dianthus flowers. You can also prepare your parent plant by watering it well before you plan on taking a cutting. If you don’t think you can keep the plants overwinter, propagation allows you to enjoy dianthus flowers year after year. Dianthus are commonly known as Carnation, Pinks and Sweet William.There are over 300 species of dianthus this method will work on them all. Dianthus (pinks) and carnations are an example, as is this lithodora (also known as lithospermum). We had an almost 100% success rate on these cuttings. Step 3. If you want to check that out click the link. The genus Dianthus includes carnations and sweet williams as well as pinks. These are not qualities that I have noticed, but I do like its large single flowers marked in a deep claret colour that does not fade as the flower ages.