Jolt Pink Dianthus Seeds

Jolt Pink Dianthus Seeds

The Most Heat-tolerant Dianthus You Will Ever Grow!

(P) Pkt of 15 seeds
Item # 51161-PK-P1

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Good morning, Dianthus! It's a bright new day for one of our beloved favorites, now that Jolt™ Pink has come along to see us through summer. This 2015 All-America Selection winner is one of the new interspecific Dianthus hybrids, meaning that it has been bred from more than one type of Dianthus in order to get the best of many worlds: color, vigor, and heat tolerance. You are going to love the results!

Jolt™ is perfectly named, because these bright colors really do give the garden a shot of pure pep. The ¾-inch pink-and-rose flowers are neatly fringed, turned upward to soak in the sun, and held in big nosegays about 4½ inches wide on a single stem. So with one cut, you have a little bouquet for the breakfast table -- or a week's supply of boutonnieres!

But make no mistake -- Jolt™ Pink is not one of those groundhugging Garden Pinks your grandmother used to fill in empty spots in the sunny garden. This is a vigorous, well-branched plant, reaching 16 to 20 inches high (gigantic by Garden Pinks standards!) and 12 to 14 inches wide. It is mounded and upright, very showy, and while it makes a lovely container subject, it holds its own in the annual bed just fine, too.

Jolt™ Pink gets its vigor from its breeding -- technically it is Dianthus barbatus interspecific, so you see the predominance of Bachelor's Button in its parentage, along with other species that have increased its size, branching, and ability to withstand hot summers. It won't set seed, so it channels all its energy into new flower production instead, which extends the season by many weeks.

But it's Jolt™ PInk's weather toughness that really impressed the All-America Selection judges (who were quoted as wishing that "every Dianthus could perform like this.") This is a plant that doesn't mind long humid summers with afternoon rainstorms every day. It is quite cold-hardy, so short-summer climates are no problem, either: expect it to bloom from spring until frost in cooler areas, indifferent to chilly winds and late springs. And it hotter climates, where Dianthus traditionally melts out all summer long, it may make it all the way through! If not, the second crop you sow to put out in fall will probably go well into winter. You just can't lose with this powerhouse!

Jolt™ Pink is subtly fragrant; you won't notice it until you're up close on a big planting, or leaning in to admire a bouquet in the vase. Yet pollinators of all types -- bees, butterflies, hummingbirds -- adore the blooms, and will flock to visit them daily. You may find yourself doing the same thing: the flowers stand out so beautifully against the dark green foliage that you'll find yourself going out of your way to stroll by and admire them. And you have plenty of time to do so, for Jolt™ Pink just keeps flowering no matter what!

Sow Jolt™ Pink in your Bio Dome or seed flat at about 64 to 68 degrees F, in darkness or light, with the dome on and its vents closed (or plastic wrap over the flat) to increase the humidity. The seeds should sprout in just a few days. When the seedlings emerge, place them under high light. (If you have plant grow lights, use them, but don't worry if you don't. Jolt grows quickest under strong light, but will develop just fine with a little extra time if not.) They will be ready to transplant in just 5 to 6 weeks from sowing, and altogether you'll go from seed to bloom in about 3 months. Can't do better than that! Zones 7-10, but grown as an annual everywhere. Pkt is 15 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 5 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


JOLT Dianthus
Ann from MN wrote on January 12, 2020

This plant has been in my Zone 4 flower bed for 2 seasons now. Both years it had a long bloom time and looked lovely next to Profusion Orange Zinnias. Last year was super wet for our area and the plant still performed well. I deadhead which extended the bloom time. There was no disease or pest problem with the plant. It grew well from seed which I started indoors.

What a show!
La Grangeq from TX wrote on December 28, 2018

This is not your average humble Dianthus, but rather an unbelievable blast of eyecatching color. Trivial to start and grow, and very pretty and different foliage compared to the average Dianthus. Robust growth. Flowers for a long time, but late in the flowering they start to look ragged, at which point we either deadhead or pull.

Star performer
Kathy from GA wrote on October 26, 2018

This is my go to dianthus. Love the flowers, size of the cluster and plant overall. I have also purchased the cherry color. Great just by themselves in a border, too. Can't go wrong with this beauty!

Butterfly magnet
JB from MN wrote on September 08, 2017

I planted jolt pink dianthus in a container garden. It got much taller than the package described, about 24". Other than that, I loved it. It has been blooming all summer and into Sept still going strong, long after other dianthus quit blooming. It kept blooming through 90°weather and now in the low 50°s. The fall butterfly migration has started here in MN the first week of Sept.and they love this plant. At any time you can easily see 12-15 butterflis on it, with others standing by on other plants waiting for their turn. It's very entertaining to watch.

Prolific bloomer
Brandon from CO wrote on July 29, 2016

It took a while to flower (4 ish months from sowing) but OMGosh. What a show!!! All the plants were covered in blooms and the foliage is very tidy and glossy. Also didn't mind the 95 degree plus hot summer days! This will be a yearly guest in my garden!

Dianthus Hybrids Germination Information

Dianthus is the botanical name for China Pink and Sweet William
Dianthus Hybrids Seed Germination How to Sow Dianthus Hybrids:
  • Sow outdoors in spring, 6-8 weeks before transplanting outdoors
  • Cover the seeds with four times their thickness in soil
  • Germinates in 5-10 days
  • Maintain a temperature of 68-70° F.
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Dianthus Hybrids:
Spacing:  Space 6-12 inches apart in full sun

Soil:  Soil needs to be rich, well drained and alkaline. To aid in drainage, lighten the soil with sand or gravel

Temperature: In warmer climates, the plants require protection from hot afternoon sun

Additional Care: Feed with a balanced, low nitrogen fertilizer in spring and cut back after flowering to ensure continuous blooming. Susceptible to fungal diseases, slugs and sowbugs

Appearance and Use:

Dianthus, an easy-to-grow source of long-lasting blooms for cutting, may be grown as an edging, in borders, beds, and containers. Single or double blooms, 1/2- to 1- inch wide, in shades of white, red, pink, rose, or lavender in solids or bicolors

Chinensis (China Pink): Gray-green foliage on plants, 6-24 inches tall and 6-9 inches wide

Barbatus (annual Sweet William): Sweetly fragrant blooms

Barbatus X D. Chinensis: Bred to flower profusely the first year, these hybrids should be grown as annuals or short-lived perennials. 6-12 inches tall. Blooms 3 months from seed with single to double, fringed, lacy blooms above blue-green foliage. Heat tolerant

About Dianthus Hybrids:
Pronunciation:  di-an’-thus
Lifecycle:  Annual*
Origination: Caryophyllaceae; native to Europe and China
Common Names:China Pink and Sweet William

*Short lived, or tender perennials grown as annuals
Which plants should I grow to repel insects?
Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?
Deer eating dayliliesPlanting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?
Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.