Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment,we're going to learn all about growing dianthus and they're a beautiful plant and they comein many, many forms.
Most people know dianthus as pinks, these are considered pinks.
Theyhave little tiny pink flowers all over them that look like they were cut with pinkingshears.
They've been around for a long time so it's thought that the pinking shears wereactually called pinking shears because of the flower because people notice the shape.
And they were named dianthus by Theo Frastis, he was a Greek botanist and he combined theword Dios for God and Anthos for plant.
So this is considered a plant of the Gods.
Nowthis dianthus is done blooming, it's been trashed, it's the end of November and it looksterrible.
So the great thing about dianthus is that you can just chop it.
You can justchop it all the way down to the ground as long as it looks good, the greens look good,I leave them alone but I like to just trim them back.
And periodically too, once or twicea year in the middle of summer, just trim all the dead growth out and they'll grow newlush, lush growth again and you'll get two or three sets of blooms.
They'll keep bloomingsummer through fall till ever it freezes really hard.
And they're pretty hardy, so dianthuswill survive most winters in the northwest.
They don't handle really cold, cold climatestoo well though.
So pinks are the most popular dianthus but there's also mini carnationsand carnations.
And mini carnations and carnations are started from seed and they'll bloom overthe summer but they're not winter hardy in cold climate so they'll die right away.
Soyou can start them every year and then get them going.
It's easier to start them inside,get the seeds growing and then put them outside.
You can also get part of a plant, a divisiontoo as long as you protect it from heavy, heavy freeze it should come back from yearto year.
Sweet Williams are also a gorgeous perennial that's in the dianthus family.
Sobesides pinks, sweet Williams, carnations, mini carns, you've seen them around and aslong as you put them in a sunny spot with good drainage, give them lots of water whenthey're growing, trim them back when they look trashy, they'll grow lush and they'llcome back from year to year.
If you live in a warm climate, if you live in a cold climate,just start them from seed every spring.