Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink)

Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink) Fast Facts

Learn more about Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink) Fast Facts

  • Name: Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink)
  • Bred By: N/A (It’s a naturally occurring species, not bred by a specific individual or organization.)
  • Introduced: This species has been known and grown in gardens for centuries, with its exact date of cultivation introduction being historical.
  • Growth Habit: Evergreen perennial forming dense tufts or mats.
  • Blooms: Fragrant, pink to magenta flowers with fringed petals.
  • Color: Pink to magenta.
  • Foliage: Grey-green, narrow leaves forming tight mounds.
  • Flowering Time: Late spring to early summer.
  • Climate: Prefers temperate climates, hardy to USDA zones 3-9.
  • Disease Resistance: Generally disease-resistant but can be susceptible to root rot in overly wet conditions.
  • Growing Classification: Rock gardens, borders, alpine gardens, and as ground cover.
  • Origin/Distribution: Native to Europe, specifically the Cheddar Gorge in England, among other locations.
  • Blooming Season: Primarily late spring, but with proper care, it can rebloom in the summer.

Should You Buy One?

Yes, if you’re looking for a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plant that adds vibrant color and fragrance to your garden.

Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink) Specific Care Tips

Cheddar Pink thrives in full sun and requires well-drained soil, preferably alkaline. It’s ideal for rock gardens or raised beds where drainage is optimal. Water them regularly but allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot. Fertilize lightly in the spring with a slow-release fertilizer to encourage blooming. Deadheading spent flowers can promote a second bloom.

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 about Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink)

Yes, it’s winter-hardy in USDA zones 3-9 and can survive cold temperatures with proper mulching.

Water when the top inch of soil is dry. Overwatering can lead to root diseases, so ensure good drainage.

Light pruning or deadheading after the first bloom can encourage a second flowering period and help maintain plant shape.

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