Dianthus Flowers

Dianthus


mevans8090 added on September 13, 2016 | Answered

In the fall, do I cut the dianthus back or leave them as is over the winter?


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Alisma
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Answered on September 14, 2016

If you have an annual Dianthus, it will die over the winter so you can either remove them now or remove them next spring, whichever you prefer.

If you have a biennial or perennial Dianthus, do not cut back in the fall. The foliage from this year will help protect the plant's base from winter weather. The best time to prune these plants is just after they flower in the spring, as described in the Dianthus section in this article:

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/yg/090831.html

This article has a list of annual and perennial Dianthus varieties:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/dianthus/growing-dianthus-plants.htm

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