Rainbow pink

The rainbow pink is an easy one - try it!
Common name : Rainbow pink
Scientific name : Dianthus chinensis
Family : Caryophyllaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Frost resistant
Frost resistant
Extra water
Extra water
Dianthus chinensis - rainbow pink or China pink - is a species of Dianthus native to northern China, Korea, Mongolia, and southeastern Russia, and widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, both in China and across temperate regions of the world, with numerous cultivars being on the market for garden use. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 30–50 cm tall, with green to greyish green, slender, 3–5 cm long leaves, and white, pink, or red, 3–4 cm diameter flowers produced singly or in small clusters from spring to mid summer.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 25 - 70
pH 6 - 7

Identify my rainbow pink

Rainbow pink - Dianthus sinensis - is a plant of the genus Dianthus, of the Caryophyllaceae family. Short-lived herbaceous perennial, often grown as an annual, it's the most compact of all - perfect for flowerpots! Namely: some recent cultivars are not much fragrant...

Sow my rainbow pink

The pink rainbows are sown under cover from February. Cover them very little, because they need light to germinate.

Dibble my rainbow pink

Plant the seedling between two and four weeks after sowing (as soon as the plant is sufficiently developed to be handled). Separate carefully the seedlings and replant individually in a bucket filled with transplanting soil, or a mixture of soil and well-decomposed compost. Water copiously at the plantation, then regularly during the first weeks to keep the soil moist.

Plant my rainbow pink

About two months after sowing, and 6 weeks after transplanting, the plants have grown strong enough to be placed in the open soil. Plant them in finely worked beds (spaded, scratched and raked), when the last spring frosts are over. Once the bed is properly prepared, make a small hole with a transplanter, remove the plant from its bucket, put it in the hole, and compact the soil to put it in contact with the roots. Respect a spacing between the plants corresponding to one third of its intended width. Water copiously to promote rooting.

Mulch my rainbow pink

Mulch to limit evaporation in summer, with a mulch of leaves or compost.

Water my rainbow pink

Keep the soil moist - watering in fine mist - until seedling emergence, then water about once a week, allowing the soil to dry between two waterings. Summer watering is only necessary in case of hot weather, or for potted plants of course, to enhance flowering.

Propagate my rainbow pink

Rainbow pink multiply by seed, so think of harvesting seeds in summer, and sowing them under shelter from February. Be careful, hybrids often have low fertility, so you may have to buy new seeds.

Shelter my rainbow pink

Only a few varieties of rainbow pink are hardy, in other cases bring them in for the winter, in an unheated, luminous room.

Put outside my rainbow pink

Once the temperatures rise above 5 ° C durably, put your rainbow pink outside gradually.

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