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Dianthus caryophyllus - 'Coquettte'

rebeccalea1 says:

Please help. I have just repotted a root bound dianthus, it had spread out of the pot and is very bushy. The underneath in 'woody', so the green starts about 4-6 inches from root. I have repotted and it hangs over the edge of the pot but I thnk I may need to cut it right back? I am a crap gardener so please talk to me as a child. Thank you. Becci

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,155

    Hi Becci - they can get a bit woody and sprawly. What I've done successfully is to peg down some of those stems into the compost - you can position them where you want them within reason.

    You can then sprinkle a little compost or soil over those bits and you'll find that over time you'll get new shoots appearing and you 'll hide the woody stuff. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    That's very useful info Fairygirl my dianthus in pots are also very woody this year and I wondered if I should just compost them and buy new ones.

    I'll have a go at this image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,155

    I'll try and get a pic to show you how mine look now Lou.I had a look but I don't have a close up. 

    I had three plants in one big pot, and when I moved here, I separated them again into three separate ones. That's when they looked a bit duff. image

    You can do the same when they're in the ground, by burying them a bit deeper and putting soil/compost in the middle, but it's a bit of a process from what I remember. Easier with a pot as you can lift them more easily and play about with them!  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,155

    Here's two different pots Lou.

    This one has filled in completely. Just been deadheaded so lots of new buds to come

     image

    This one still has a bit of a hole, but it was twice that size at least 

    image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thank you so much, that's really useful. I have put it in a pot so will copy you. Thank you image

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