Posted by Newt on July 04, 2002 at 22:47:34:
In Reply to: Re: Super Parfait Strawberry Dianthus posted by Paul on July 04, 2002 at 14:11:16:
: :I am new to this plant. Mine only flowered for a short period. Is this normal for this flower? I tried to keep faded flowers picked.Are these plants done flowering for the summer?Any help would be apreciated.
I'm not personally familiar with this plant, but I did some research and it's listed as an annual by nurseries. Yet, when I searched at The Garden Web, there were two postings on the 'Winter Sowing' forum for this plant. The plants were sown in April in Illinois, which would be zone 5 or 6. So, they must be a half hardy annual. As such, I would think that they should flower again for you. Usually when an annual plant is deadheaded all at once, it takes about 2 to 3 weeks before it blooms again. If you were deadheading as the blossoms were spent, it could still take that long to bloom again. An annual feels that it's purpose is to bloom so it can go to seed and die, so it should bloom again for you. If you have your plant in a pot with potting soil, you might want to fertilize with something like fish emulsion to give it a boost. If it's in the ground with lots of compost, you shouldn't have to fertilize, but the fish emulsion wouldn't hurt.
Hope this helped,