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Jolt Cherry Pinks*

Dianthus 'Jolt Cherry'

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Jolt Cherry Pinks (Dianthus 'Jolt Cherry') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Jolt Cherry Pinks flowers

Jolt Cherry Pinks flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Border Pinks, Cheddar Pinks

Group/Class:  Jolt Series

Brand:  Ball

Description:

Luminous frilly flowers are cherry red, maturing to pink with darker red centers, above a compact mound of fine dark green foliage; pair up with summer blooming perennials and annuals to time a continued flower display

Ornamental Features

Jolt Cherry Pinks is smothered in stunning cherry red frilly flowers with pink overtones and red centers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Jolt Cherry Pinks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Jolt Cherry Pinks is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Jolt Cherry Pinks will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Jolt Cherry Pinks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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