Series: Dianthus hybrid Constant Cadence™
Production Seasons: Early Spring through Spring in containers. Cadence can then be planted in the garden for use as seasonal perennial.
Garden Height: 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm)
Garden Width: 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm)
USDA Hardiness Zone: zone 4 – 10
Crop planning from cell packs:
Pot size: Plants per pot (pp) Crop Time (weeks)
Quart container (12 cm) 1 pp 6 to 9
Gallon container (15 cm) 1 pp 9 to 12
Gallon container (15 cm) 3 pp 6 to 9
pH: 5.8 – 6.5
Fertilizer Requirements: 100 to 200 ppm N using a balanced feed to maintain color of foliage. Include Micro element source as part of fertilizer solution. Ensure proper root growth for flowering by watching EC and moisture levels of soil. Do not exceed 1.5 EC level for optimum growth.
Temperatures at 55°-65° F (13°-18° C) Nights
65°-75° F (18° -24° C) Days
Cadence™ Dianthus are very heat tolerant and will continue to flower even when temperatures rise.
Light: 4,000 to 7,000 ft-candles -High to medium-high.
Pinching Requirements: Pinch once established in finished container or in the liner before transplanting. Removal of spent flowers will create continued flowering through the summer months.
Growth Regulators: B-9® is the most economical PGR, spray at 1,500 to 3,500 PPM. They will respond to and Sumagic® and Bonzi®. Use at labeled rates.
Pests/Disease: Aphids and Thrip
Black Stop, Botrytis, Rust are of primary concern. Preventative drenches / sprays are recommended for crop.