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Desmond Carnation

Perfect for Delicately Scented Bouquets!
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This scarlet beauty carries a bounty of blooms atop 15-20" stems, blooming for months from late spring into early fall. It is a real prize in the garden as well as in long-lasting, delicately scented bouquets. 12-18" spread. Ships in a 3" pot. Dianthus 'Desmond'

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Gardening Details for Desmond Carnation

Botanical Name: Dianthus 'Desmond'
Common Name: Carnation
Form: Perennial
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: Flower stems 15"- 20", foliage 4" - 6"
Spread: 10" - 12"
Spacing: 12" - 24"
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Flowering Date: Late spring to early fall.
Type of Fruit: n/a
Shipping Season: both Spring & Fall
Unique Characterstics: Old fashioned favorite loved for their prolific, fragrant flowers. They are perfect for front of the border situations and to group in small clusters. The foliage forms an attractive mat that provides interest before and after the flower display. A well drained soil is important for best growth.
Flower Color: Vivid scarlet Red.
Flower Form: Single to double.
Foliage Type: Long narrow, needle-like, gray-green, evergreen in many areas.
Resistance: Good to P & D problems
Pruning: Cut off all spent blossoms to encourage repeat blooming.
Pruning Time: After flowering
Soil Requirement: Moist and well drained - slightly alkaline.
Additional Information: Short lived perennials, must be sited in well drained organic soils for best results.
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Anxiously waiting Review by Denise - Toledo, oh
Posted on 2010-07-02

"I bought 6 last fall. Four made it through the winter. One of those died this spring--dogs bathroom too close. The 3 that have survived are growing like mad, but it doesn't look like I'll be getting any blooms this year. So far none. I am being patient. I have bought many plants from Springhill that take awhile to establish. The next season, when I get blooms, I end up with my foot in my mouth. I hope these do the same. The leaves are beautiful, though."

Even in Maine Review by Margaret - Ellsworth, ME
Posted on 2010-06-26

"My plant is on its 3rd year. Although it hasn't gotten very big, it is blossoming nicely. I also had one in a big roasting pan. I was amazed that it made it through one winter as plants ususally have to be in the ground to make it through a Maine winter! It didn't make the 2nd winter in the pan. I love the bright red. I'm getting more as I have a few other spots I want to try it."

Love these plants Review by Laurie - Renton, WA
Posted on 2009-08-22

"Planted these in full sun about two months ago and now beautiful red carnations are blooming! Very hardy plant, too. Adds great color in my garden. One of my favorite plants."

Beautiful year round Review by Valerie - Tomball, TX
Posted on 2009-02-24

These carnations are beautiful year round. I have had some in my garden for 2 years now and they always look great. They are very easy to care for. I like them so much I am ordering more.

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Cultivate the scarlet red Desmond Carnation plant at the front of borders, or cluster these charmers in the landscape. The Dianthus Desmonds scarlet-red blossoms are beautiful in bouquets alongside other perennial flowers from your garden. Plant this carnation in partial shade to full sun for best growth for several months from midspring to summer.

Enjoy the Desmond Carnation plant for its vivid scarlet blooms, as well as its long, narrow gray-green foliage that forms an attractive mat before and after the flower display. The prolific Dianthus Desmond carnation adds a real splash of color to the front of borders, and the perennial flowers are long lasting in bouquets. Delicately scented, this lovely carnation grows on 15- to 20-inch stems, with leaves reaching 4 to 6 inches long. These perennial plants, which thrive in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, have good resistance to pests and diseases.
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