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Planting spring cloves - this is how the plants thrive

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Spring cloves are among the undemanding plants and enchant with a magnificent flower pattern. With the right location, everyone can refresh themselves at the sea of ​​flowers.

Spring cloves also thrive in rock gardens The Dianthus plumarius, better known as spring clove, is a perennial plant and produces a beautiful flower pattern that is reminiscent of a pillow. The flowering period extends from early April to July and even in the winter months the plant retains its green leaves.

It is considered to be quite undemanding and easy to care for, but the feather carnation only shines in the most magnificent colors if you offer it a suitable location.

Choosing the right location

The feather carnation loves the sun. The location cannot be sunny enough, even direct sunlight is considered ideal. If you plant the Dianthus plumarius in a flowerpot, you can easily place it next to the window. In the garden, the bed attracts the most hours of sunshine.

You don't need to worry too much about the quality of the earth. Calcareous soils promote the growth of the clove species. The soil should be permeable, not too damp and well ventilated. Even in rock gardens, the feather carnation thrives. It is so undemanding that you can use it to green flat roofs or embellish walls. If only the balcony is available, the feather carnation also appreciates a sunny place in the flower box.

In summary, the choice of location therefore requires:

  • well drained soils
  • moderate moisture
  • sunny location
  • suitable for tubs, rock gardens, roofs and walls

Insert the spring carnation

Once you have found the location, the spring carnations can already go into the ground. They can be planted from March. To do this, loosen the soil well and remove weeds. Then dig out a large planting hole and insert the plant so far that the upper root ball is only a little bit below the actual ground level. Finally, press the earth in a little and pour on.

The care of the spring cloves

You do not need to follow too many care instructions for the feather carnation. The leaf foliage stores water without losing it in the sun's rays and due to its origin, the feather carnation is so well adapted to the environment that it can even tolerate relative dryness.

Once planted in the garden, on the roof or on a wall, it draws the moisture it needs from the ground and gets along well with the local rainfall. You should only use a watering can during very long periods of drought and heat.

Feather cloves are perennial

Once planted, you can enjoy the spring carnations every year. The plants easily tolerate high freezing temperatures in the garden. Covering the perennials in autumn or additional protection with fleece is not necessary.

The situation is different with feather carnations in planters or flower boxes. Since water absorption in the frozen soil is difficult, you should set the boxes a little higher before winter. It is enough to put a polystyrene sheet under the bucket. Flower boxes can be protected over the winter with fir branches.

The advantage: the spring carnations do not come into direct contact with the winter air and the fir branches serve as an attractive decoration at Christmas time.

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