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do pests eat dianthus seeds/seedlings?

Marble Hill, NY(Zone 6a)

I've sown lots of dianthus seeds in my garden and they never seem to germinate (with the sole exception being Sweet William Dianthus barbatus)

I know that slugs munch on my marigolds seedlings so I was wondering if something was munching on my dianthus

Nutley, NJ(Zone 6b)


I have been germinating Carnations, Siberian Blues and Sweet William seeds in large pots and donít appear to have problems other than too many seedlings. I had been purchasing large ornamental pots from Lows for about $8.00 but have now taken to buying large used commercial ports from my local garden center for $2.00 or less. I am finding that by using pots it is easier to inspect the seedlings.

I have not observed any seed predation on Dianthus. Last summer I neglected to make arrangements to have my garden watered while on vacation and thought I lost one pot of seedlings. A month later, the Dianthus made a comeback, survived the winter should be blooming in 4 to 6 weeks.

Why donít you try the following experiment? Everyone at DG has an extra large pot or two lying about. Using out of the bag potting soil, try growing Dianthus in a pot and in the garden. If the pot works you probably have something in your garden which likes Dianthus seeds or seedlings.

Here are some of my pots with Dianthus seedlings:


Marble Hill, NY(Zone 6a)

that's a good idea -- thanks
I'll let you know how it turns out

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