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Dianthus flowers

Dianthus flowersThe Dianthus is very beautiful and has fragrant flowers. The genus embraces Carnations, Pinks, Picotees, and Sweet Williams. The soil most suitable for them is a light, loamy one, mixed with a little rotten dung and sand.

It is well to confine the rarer kind to pots, so as the better to protect them in winter. They are propagated by layers, cuttings, or division of roots. If the cuttings are taken about the middle of June, and placed under glass on a gentle hotbed, they will be ready in about three weeks to plant out in the open.

The annuals and biennials merely require sowing where they are intended to bloom. Flower in July.

Their height is about 1.5 to 2 feet.