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Carnation flowers are available as annuals, biennials or perennials.
The choice is up to you and many gardeners have Dianthus beds that
specimens of all of these varieties. Growing carnations lets you create
a spectacular flower garden with a simple to maintain look that
effortlessly changes from one year to the next.
There are few flowering plants that are as versatile and hardy as the dependable carnation flower.
You can use them as companion plants or main
attractions; use them as the mainstay in a cutting garden, create
borders with them, plant them in containers or even use them for
in a rock garden setting.
Growing Carnations As Cut Flowers
Many types of carnations will provide you with lovely blooms beginning
in the late spring and continuing well into the
autumn months. Growing carnation flowers will enable you to always have
available some of the most common additions for a fresh flower
They are a heavy favorite for use in any floral arrangement
because of their outstanding beauty and long lived blooms.
With minimal care and water
these cut flowers can be enjoyed for several weeks. Other flowers may
wither, droop and shed their petals but you can count on the perky
maintain its cheery disposition and appearance.
How To Grow Carnations
When planting carnations (or Dianthus) you should remember that they
prefer full sunlight to partial shade. A minimum of 4-6 hours of sun is
for healthy blooms and foliage.
should be well drained, fertile and tend toward a slightly alkaline pH level of 6.7-6.9. Do not plant these flowers in soil that is too
rich and fertile, or too water absorbent. If the soil is too rich you will
end up with lots of green leaves and very few blooms. Wet soil that
poorly will create yellowed, discoloured leaves and can even kill the
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Maintenance and Care
Once established a carnation can handle drought easily and you should
take care not to water them too much which can cause yellowing of the
root rot and blossom drop. A light spray oaf water onto the plant 2-3
times a week should be sufficient to meet the watering needs unless the
is extremely hot and dry.
When you are trying to sprout carnation seeds remember that they
will grow best when the temperatures are about 50-65 degrees F during the
day and 40-50
degrees F at night. As these plants mature you will find them easier
to do because then they are better able to handle warmer temperatures.
Deadheading spent blossoms and clipping fresh blossoms for use in
cut flower arrangements should be done on a regular basis when growing
This will help prevent mildew on the stem and leaves and it also
encourages the plant to keep producing new blooms. Carnations are easy
with a finger pinch just beyond the junction of stem and flower. If you
use shears always cut above or below one of the leaf nodes for maximum
re-growth and flowering.
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Pests and Diseases
Fungus, moulds and mildews can be problems for those gardeners who are
busy growing dianthus and carnations. Make sure that you have enough
between each plant for proper air circulation which will help prevent
moulds and mildew from attacking your lovely carnation flowers. There are
few pests that will ever attack members of the Dianthus family which
means that you do not have to worry about applying pesticides.
If you are one who wants to enjoy growing carnations this spring and
summer you should keep all of these helpful tips in mind. Then you will
able to create a lovely garden where these flowers can assume a starring
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