I ordered 2, quart size through PW in Fall of 2020, arriving the first of Oct. The shipment was held up on it's way by an extra 3 days due to the horrible wild fire smoke conditions at that time. These tough little beauties came out of the box blooming and continued to bloom into Dec (I am in Zone 8b) albeit sparsely. The foliage looked great all winter while they slowly grew larger. By May they were full size and exploded with non-stop blooms! As I write it is the very end of June. Since mid-May I have deadheaded (by choice to keep the blooms coming) ~10-15 heads a day and the number of optimal blooms has not diminished. They completely cover the plant at varying heights. I get so many compliments from neighbors and strangers. We have had an unusual heat wave (>100) which has lightened the vibrancy of pink a little but otherwise the plants have just shrugged off the heat. They were one of the best purchases I have made in the last 25 years of gardening. This Fall I plan to get another and also try some of the other 'fruit punch' series. UPDATED 2023 This is a stand-out 5 star plant EXCEPT please be cautious if you are in an area with wet winters! This is a lovely plant with evergreen foliage in zone 8b (Seattle area). Despite being careful to plant them high and avoiding any mulching within 3"-4" of the edge of the plant they just didn't make it through the wet winters. I ordered 2. They did fine their first winter and expanded well. By the second winter they were the full 10" x 14" with very dense foliage. I think the issue is that the foliage is so dense that it just can't dry out enough to withstand eventual rot. I lost one that second winter and the surviving one needed the dead sections cut out. It looked a little goofy but filled in well by summer. That next winter it rotted as well. So I very highly recommend this plant BUT NOT IF YOUR WINTERS ARE WET. I am very sad because I just loved these.
Fruit Punch® 'Sweetie Pie' Pinks Dianthus hybrid
FeaturesI BLOOM for your PLEASURE.
This colorful perennial produces loads of semi-double, true pink flowers with a darker pink eye atop a low mound of silvery blue-green foliage. Use it to edge sunny borders and pathways.Fragrant FlowerFragrant FoliageContinuous Bloom or RebloomerWinter InterestHeat TolerantDrought TolerantSalt TolerantAttracts:BeesButterflies
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:10 InchesSpacing:12 - 14 InchesSpread:12 - 14 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Shade:PinkFoliage Colors:BlueFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Blue-greenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Early FallHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil PH Category:Alkaline SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Best in landscapes, can be used in containers.Maintenance Notes:
Grows best in sun to light shade and loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Tolerates dry soil for short periods.Fruit Punch® 'Sweetie Pie' Dianthus hybrid USPP 27,989, Can 6,732
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Christine Frye, Washington, United States, 2 years ago
Amazing plant very easy to grow continues to bloom, fragrant , colorful, all I do is dead head and feed it with some miracle grow. Highly recommend this pretty flower. It is a stand out in my landscapeMichelle, Ohio, United States, 4 years ago
Just lovely! Bright color that you can't miss from the street. Purchased 5 in 2016 and only 1 didn't come up in 2017. The others are thriving.Kristin K, New York, United States, 5 years ago