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Dancing Geisha Dianthus

We love unusual looking flowers. If you do too, this is a must-have! We could not resist this lovely Dianthus with exotic, fringed flowers of white, purple, pink, and red shades. Flowers first year in garden beds or containers. A distinctive cut flower. Grows from 10”-12”. 

15 seeds



Dianthus isensis

Perennial, Zones 5-9

Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface and lightly cover seeds

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant after the last frost, 10-12" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: Direct sowing is not recommended for flowers in the first season. 

Growth Habit: Mounded

Height and Width:  10-12" x 10-12"

Spacing: 10-12" apart

Light Needs:  Full sun

Soil Needs: Loose, rich, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms the first season when started early indoors.

Uses:  Flower beds, containers, cut flowers, attracts pollinators

Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Harvest flowers often for bouquets or deadhead for continuous blooms. When grown in containers dianthus needs to be fertilized and watered regularly. This will keep the plants blooming all season long. When growing dianthus in the ground amend the soil with compost before planting.  Apply a liquid fertilizer every 3-4 weeks or use a time-release fertilizer at planting time. 

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    Not pink

    My first flower opened today and I was confused because its white. So I read thru the description again and realized they are multi colors . I wish at least one of the 3 photos above showed that. I thought these were all pink.

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    Elizabeth F.
    Easy and different look from the usual Dianthus

    I had no problem germinating them outside in a container on my patio. I added some coarse sand to my seed starting mix. I’m in zone 10a (So CA), so I started them outside in January. They came up with no issues and have been blooming for a month or two. It’s early June now, and they are still blooming away. I do deadhead them to keep them going. I thought they wouldn’t be much different from ‘Rainbow Loveliness’, but I grow both, and much prefer ‘Dancing Geisha’. Dancing Geisha’s blooms are far more dramatic, and much larger. They really make a statement in a small bouquet, with their big, frilly, drooping blooms. I’m very pleased with my seeds from Pinetree. I think every single seed germinated. Try this one, you’ll love it!