|'Arctic Fire' |
It took me a while to figure out that the plants that I thought were maiden pinks were some other dianthus altogether. D. deltoides is characterized by somewhat floppy stems with fine leaves (but not grassy, like D. gratianopolitanus) and dainty fringed flowers. The flowers come in various colors single and bicolors. Our first one was 'Arctic Fire', grown from seed; since then, I've grown several other dianthus that look much like it, and which I'll consider to be maiden pinks unless/until I learn otherwise.
||germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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|Donna Garvin||Jun 18, 2008||My Pinks are just about done blooming, I would like to know if I should cut them back? Will they rebloom later this summer if I do this?|
By all means cut them back to tidy up their appearance and allow them to direct their energy to foliage growth. You may get a few more flowers, but not another full flush of blooms.
|Dolores Kuhlemeyer||Aug 11, 2008|| Your website pictures assured me that my flower was a dianthus. Great pictures! While browsing, I noticed the yellow flowers in the left hand corner. It looks like what I have, but I don't know the name as they were given to me. I call it the monster plant since it grows to 5 feet tall. Do you know the name? |
|Clay Merrithew||Sep 12, 2008||I just finished doing my fall weeding in the Dianthus (Arctic Fire) bed and found thousands of small Dianthus plants peeking out of the ground, so I left them until spring. Does Arctic Fire come true from seed or will it revert to a pink form?|
In my experience it comes true from seed - although I've never been lucky enough to get seedlings by the hundreds!
|wendy chapman||Oct 28, 2008||thank you such a great page the colours are terrific and i am looking forward to seeing them grow i brought 10 of these and planted along the fence out the front of Rydalmere in the digging of the earth i also dug in some chicken manure
thanks wendy chapman|
|mrs.Brown||Dec 06, 2008||thanks to this website i can finish my science project , this site is really helpful with garden work and homework!!!!!!!!!!|
|Cindy A||Jul 09, 2009||I have a huge area of pinks that is spreading onto my sidewalk. When I cut these back can I transplant them. They appear to be growing on runners on top of the ground and my cement. |
I'd wait till cooler weather arrives before transplanting. Meanwhile, you can just cut them back.
|Alvin||Jun 23, 2012||I'm pretty sure that the 2 pink Dianthus pictures on this page beside "Arctic Fire" are not Dianthus deltoides. The flowers are not like typical deltoides, and more importantly their leaf and stem morphology are not fine and floppy like typical deltoides - http://luirig.altervista.org/photos/d/dianthus_deltoides.htm I would guess that these are Dianthus gratianopolitanus. Thanks.|
Thanks Alvin, for pointing that out. I have now updated my pages for D. deltoides and D. gratianopolitanus accordingly, which may still not be quite right but should get me closer to an accurate state of things, anyway.
- Seed for 'Arctic Fire' from '01 garden. Baggy 70F (70%G, 4-7d)
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