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By Keasty

Devon, United Kingdom Gb

I have had a lovely display of pinks this year, however, all the pink ones have flowered perfectly, but the white ones have been so disappointing. Many of the buds appear to have rotted, and the flowers are deformed. the actual plant is healthy and I have treated them all the same. Any ideas on how I can produce perfect white pinks?



Try taking cuttings from the Dianthus and plant them out next year. There must have been a reason - for example bugs of some sort. Starting afresh, you may well get healthy new plants.

28 Jul, 2010


For unknown reason, thrips go for white flowers first, and when I hear "deformed and rotted flowers", they are my first suspect.

28 Jul, 2010


That could be why I've lost two Dianthus plants this year, Tug....both white flowered.

29 Jul, 2010


They hardly ever kill the plants, Spritzhenry. They usually just make the flowers, and occasionally the leaves, ugly. In biological terms, a fairly efficient parasite, but probably not wanted even by efficiency experts!

29 Jul, 2010


Thanks for the info, Tug - so I wonder why my two plants died? Our bad winter again I suppose. :-((

29 Jul, 2010


Many thanks for your help, will bug killer kill the blighters or do I have to dig up the plants and just keep the pink ones?

31 Jul, 2010


Provado does a good job on them. Not much else, since they are so good at hiding in the buds.

31 Jul, 2010


Thanks again for your help Tugbrethil..... I will give them a good spray and take some cuttings for next year.

2 Aug, 2010

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