Dianthus ‘Coconut Punch’

Dianthus ‘Coconut Punch’ Fast Facts

Learn more about Dianthus ‘Coconut Punch’

  • Name: Dianthus ‘Coconut Punch’
  • Bred By: Part of the Fruit Punch® series, ‘Coconut Punch’ is celebrated for its distinctive blooms and hardiness. This series is a testament to the advanced breeding efforts aimed at creating Dianthus varieties with unique color combinations, extended blooming periods, and enhanced garden performance.
  • Introduced: As a selection within the Fruit Punch® series, ‘Coconut Punch’ has been introduced to the market to cater to gardeners looking for exceptional Dianthus varieties that offer both visual appeal and resilience.
  • Growth Habit: This perennial forms a compact, mounding clump of foliage, making it ideal for borders, container gardens, and as an accent in mixed perennial beds.
  • Blooms: ‘Coconut Punch’ is known for its large, double flowers that feature a striking contrast of deep red petals with pale pink to white edges, reminiscent of a coconut’s coloring, hence the name.
  • Color: The blooms exhibit a vibrant deep red center with pale pink to white picotee edging, creating a dramatic visual impact.
  • Foliage: Features narrow, blue-green leaves that provide a lush backdrop for the colorful blooms, maintaining an attractive appearance throughout the growing season.
  • Flowering Time: Begins blooming in late spring and continues through early fall, with deadheading encouraging additional waves of flowers.
  • Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 4-9, ‘Coconut Punch’ is adaptable to a wide range of climatic conditions, demonstrating both cold hardiness and heat tolerance.
  • Disease Resistance: Selected for its resistance to common garden pests and diseases, ensuring a healthy and vigorous presence with proper care.
  • Growing Classification: Perfect for use in perennial borders, rock gardens, and containers, ‘Coconut Punch’ is celebrated for its long blooming period and the striking color contrast of its flowers.
  • Origin/Distribution: Developed through selective breeding to meet the demands of gardeners seeking unique and high-performing Dianthus varieties.
  • Blooming Season: The extended blooming season from late spring to early fall makes ‘Coconut Punch’ a valuable addition to gardens seeking long-lasting color and fragrance.

Should You Buy One?

Dianthus ‘Coconut Punch’ is an excellent choice for gardeners who appreciate the beauty and fragrance of Dianthus and desire a plant that stands out in the garden. Its unique coloration, robust growth habit, and extended blooming period make it a standout selection. Ideal for adding vibrant color to borders, containers, and cottage gardens, ‘Coconut Punch’ promises to deliver visual impact and a delightful scent, making it a must-have for any perennial collection.

Specific Care for Dianthus 'Laced Romeo'

  • Soil: Prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Amending with organic matter can improve soil health and drainage.
  • Watering: Established plants are moderately drought-tolerant. Water regularly during the initial growth period, then adjust to a more moderate schedule, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
  • Sunlight: Full sun is crucial for optimal growth, ensuring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to promote vibrant blooms and compact growth.
  • Fertilizing: A balanced, slow-release fertilizer applied in early spring can support vigorous growth and abundant flowering. Avoid over-fertilization to maintain plant health.
  • Pruning: Deadheading spent blooms not only keeps the plant looking tidy but also encourages reblooming throughout the season. A light pruning in late winter or early spring can help maintain a neat, compact form.

General Carnation Care tips

  • Sunlight: Ensure carnations receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Soil: Use well-drained, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH.
  • Watering: Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
  • Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring and supplement with liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
  • Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers regularly and prune back in early spring to promote bushy growth.
  • Pests/Diseases: Monitor for aphids and fungal diseases, using appropriate treatments as needed.
  • Mulching: Mulch around plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds, avoiding contact with stems.
  • Winter Protection: In cold climates, mulch overwinter for perennial varieties.

FAQs for Dianthus 'Coconut Punch'

Ensure optimal growing conditions with full sun, well-drained soil, and regular deadheading of spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.

Yes, its compact growth and striking blooms make it an excellent choice for containers, bringing color and fragrance to patios, balconies, or any outdoor living space.

‘Coconut Punch’ stands out for its unique deep red blooms with pale pink to white edges, offering a dramatic color contrast not commonly found in other varieties.

Absolutely. Its fragrant, long-lasting blooms are perfect for creating vibrant bouquets and floral arrangements.

Pair with other sun-loving perennials like lavender, sedum, or ornamental grasses for a cohesive, low-maintenance garden display that thrives in similar conditions.



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