Dianthus armeria / Deptford Pink / British Wildflower / Seeds

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Dianthus armeria / Deptford Pink / British Wildflower / Seeds

Deptford Pinks are an increasingly rare British wildflower.  They have attractive bright pink speckled flowers from July into autumn, growing as tall slender plants.  Plants grow to a height of 40-60cm and are good for wilder and informal parts of the garden.  They look great grown alongside Briza media and other wildflowers. 

Deptford Pinks grow best in a sunny position in basic, free draining soil.  They are very hardy plants, growing well in most areas of the UK.  They will self-seed in the right conditions. 

Pack of approx 100 seeds.  Sow the seeds directly into cultivated soil in the autumn.  Or sow indoors in spring.   Sow early for first year flowers.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet. 

These seeds are harvested from cultivated plants in Cornwall.

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Hardiness Hardy annual or short-lived perennial (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers July into autumn
Height 40 - 60cm
Spread 10 - 20cm
Conditions  Full sun and basic well-drained soil.

Sow outdoors in autumn directly into cultivated soil. Rake over and keep moist.  Seeds start germinating in the spring.  Or sow indoors in spring in a tray of compost.  Cover lightly with compost.  Keep at room temperature and seeds germinate erratically in 1-6 weeks.  Or keep the tray in a greenhouse and wait for the seeds to germinate naturally, over several weeks.   Pot on young seedlings and harden off before planting out after the last frost.

Grow Plants form a rosette of leaves from which the flower spike grows.  Autumn and early spring sowings may flower in the first year.  Later sowings lower in the second year.  Trim back the flower stalks once they have finished flowering.  The plants may survive and flower for another year or two.  Semi-ripe cuttings take well in the summer.