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Healthy Pinks


By hijuju


Some advise for those growing Pinks.
1]Give them a neutral to alkaline soil in full sun
2]Ensure that they have plenty of space and are in a gritty soil
3]DONT neglect to water your pinks during the summer.But don not over water
4]When watering , mix in a high potash such as Tomato fertiliser , or put a slow releae dianthus fertiliser on the soil once a year
5]Pinks make freat container plants , but make sure you water well /regularly and fill the pot with gritty soil.
Finally , deadhead the flowers once they have died of , this will maintain a tidy shape and or cut the whole stem of once it has finished flowering.

Pinks need replacing after 5 years ,In other words they look good for 2 – 5 years.But you can take cuttings of these plants in this time to give you some more healthy plants

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Thanks that was useful. I like to grow pinks but have a job keeping them looking in good shape.

20 Jun, 2010


My soil tends towards the acid, do you think a little added lime would help?

23 Jun, 2010


I grow them in concrete tubs. That makes the soil a bit on the alkaline side.

23 Jun, 2010


Thanks Hywel, If i put some blobs of concrete in soil near them, would that help then?

24 Jun, 2010


Probably it would. The lime would go into the soil I should think.

24 Jun, 2010


Thanks, I don't know why I buy lime lovers. I've just bought a verbascum, and two campanulas all of which prefer alkali and I have some pinks, must be coz they're so pretty:-)

24 Jun, 2010


That must be it :o)

24 Jun, 2010

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