Plant Care Dianthus Caryophyllus

Dianthus Caryophyllus

4.8 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Dianthus Caryophyllus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Dianthus Caryophyllus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Border Carnation, Border Carnation, Clove Pink, Gillyflower, Sweet William, Wild Carnation, Clove Golly-flower and Carnation

Taxonomy

Dianthus caryophyllus
Dianthus
Caryophyllaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Dianthus Caryophyllus

💦 Water

How often to water your Dianthus Caryophyllus

Water needs for Dianthus Caryophyllus
0.5 cups
every 9

Dianthus Caryophyllus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dianthus Caryophyllus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Border Carnation in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dianthus Caryophyllus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dianthus Caryophyllus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dianthus Caryophyllus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dianthus Caryophyllus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dianthus Caryophyllus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dianthus Caryophyllus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dianthus Caryophyllus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dianthus Caryophyllus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Border Carnation →

Common Border Carnation Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Dianthus Caryophyllus prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Border Carnation Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dianthus Caryophyllus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Border Carnation Light Requirements →

Border Carnation Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dianthus Caryophyllus is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Border Carnation Toxicity to Cats →


💨 Humidity

Dianthus Caryophyllus doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.


🪴 Soil

Dianthus Caryophyllus does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Dianthus Caryophyllus grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Dianthus Caryophyllus is native to Europe and Asia.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dianthus Caryophyllus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Border Carnation →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dianthus Caryophyllus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Border Carnation Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Dianthus Caryophyllus can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Border Carnation →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dianthus Caryophyllus

Dianthus Caryophyllus

Dianthus Caryophyllus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dianthus Caryophyllus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Dianthus Caryophyllus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Dianthus Caryophyllus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Dianthus Caryophyllus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Dianthus Caryophyllus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
@MarieD20 avatar
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 709 XP
globe Clifton Forge, VA
09/07/2021

Easy to take care of. I planted four years ago because my mom loves them

Jill avatar
@Jill
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 485 XP
08/08/2021

beautiful blooms

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
@Esbeydy01 avatar
@@Esbeydy01
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 125 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT
07/28/2021

So far, I planted the seeds and just waiting for it to bloom…😬😬😬

Fast grower Fast grower
@savannahatkinson avatar
@@savannahatkinson
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,094 XP
globe San Jose, CA
07/18/2021

Love the look of these leafy carnations! The flowers smell really good and they bloom easily! It doesn’t need that much light, but it loves being misted!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Blackcatthief avatar
@@Blackcatthief
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 410 XP
globe Nottingham, England
05/30/2021

Gorgeous as both a filler and as cut flowers.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@JferLuvsConifers avatar
@@JferLuvsConifers
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 12,841 XP
globe Greensboro, NC
05/22/2021

This was supposed to bloom into miniature carnation flowers. It never did.

@Irinadurlea avatar
@@Irinadurlea
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 406 XP
globe București
05/19/2021

It loves the sun

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily

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