GARDEN

Carnations

Carnation

Photo by Enzie Shahmiri

According to the

Flower Experts

  • Carnations grow readily from cuttings made from the suckers that form around the base of the stem, the side shoots of the flowering stem, or the main shoots before they show flower-buds.
  • The cuttings from the base make the best plants in most cases.
  • These cuttings may be taken from a plant at any time through fall or winter, rooted in sand and potted up.
  • They may be put in pots until the planting out time in spring, which is usually in April or in any time when the ground is ready to be handled.
  • The soil should be deep, friable and sandy loam.

Carnation Plant Care

  • Carnations need some hours of full sun each day and should be kept moist.
  • Avoid over-watering as this may tend to turn the foliage yellow.
  • Spent flowers should be removed promptly to promote continued blooming.
  • The quality of the bloom depends on the soil and irrigation aspects for growing carnations.
  • Those who grow carnations should know the importance of pinching, stopping and disbudding.
  • At the time of plucking carnations, leave three to four nodes at the base and remove the stem.
  • The plant foliage should not be exposed to the direct heat of a stove or the sun.


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