2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Clove Pinks Overview
Dianthus caryophyllus is also known by the common name carnation. Historically this species has been cultivated for more than 2000 years. It is used medicinally, cosmetically, culinarily and as an insect repellant. The fragrant flowers are a favourite in many gardens, they make lovely cut flowers and are even listed in the top 10 cut flowers of the world, to grow at home!
Common problems with Clove Pinks
Carnation fly, handpicking or a pirimiphos-methyl based spray can help. Planting garlic alongside plants may be an effective deterrent. Outdoor plants are unlikely to be seriously troubled by disease. Plants grown in greenhouses are more vulnerable to diseases like rust, leaf spot and wilt.
Clove Pinks Companion Plants
Strawberries, potatoes, eggplant, garlic, mustard, sweet peppers, soya beans
How to harvest Clove Pinks
Deadhead flowers to keep this carnation blooming longer. Cutting side flower shoots will encourage the central bud grow into a larger flower.
How to propagate Clove Pinks
Softwood cuttings should be taken from non-flowering shoots in late winter for best results. Requires a well-drained medium like sand. Remove the leaves from the last two to three nodes of the base. Cuttings require good light and cool temperatures. Replant in 30 days.
Sow in a well-drained soil just under the surface. Propagation outdoors is also possible in the early spring.
Special features of Clove Pinks
Attracts useful insects
Nectar attracts butterflies and bees.
Fragrant flowers attract nectar feeders like hummingbirds and insect eating birds too.
Repels harmful insects
An extract from the seeds repels antropods and interfere with metamorphose process in moths.
Other uses of Clove Pinks
Medicinal, cosmetic, culinary, insect repellant
Carnations are used in teas for stress reduction and to steady the nerves. Different species of Dianthus are used for different treatments in Japan, China and Africa.
A spicy, floral taste. Ideal for adding to cakes or for use as decoration. Could be used as a colourful garnish to add to soups or salads.