Save The Climate With Gardening!

Download the FREE gardening4climate guide and start making a difference

    Powered By ConvertKit

    Stop Breaking Your Back Gardening!

    Get these easy to implement gardening hacks and create a productive but easy to manage vegetable garden!

      We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at any time.

      Powered By ConvertKit

      Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Gardening - FREE Download!

        Gardening Tips For Growing Carnations

        Add Color And Scent To Your Garden With Beautiful Dianthus Varieties

        These helpful tips will make growing Carnations super easy! Carnation flowers add long lasting color and beautiful scent to your garden. Dianthus are also great as cut flowers!

        Carnation flowers, which are also known as Dianthus, are a popular choice for home gardens and professional horticulturists alike.

        With more than 300 various dianthus carnation species from which to choose, as well as hundreds of lovely hybrids, it is a sure bet that you will find some that will work in your own garden.

        How To Grow Carnations

        Most of the Dianthus varieties will reach heights of 18-24 inches, but there are a few dwarf carnations that grow 9-12" tall. Shades of pinks and purple, white and red flowers are the colors that are most commonly available and some heavily scented carnations have a intoxicating, spicy fragrance that is very appealing.

        We love to grow the compact varieties in containers and window boxes around the patio. If you place them near your sitting area you can really enjoy their beautiful scent. They are a great perennial flower for container growing but they are also a great addition to flower beds and rockeries.

        pink carnation

        Photo: dick_pountain

        Find a colorful selection of Carnations here

        Carnation flowers are available as annuals, biennials or perennials. The choice is up to you and many gardeners have Dianthus beds that contain 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 colorful beauty 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 arrangement. They are a heavy favorite for use in any floral arrangement because of their outstanding beauty and long lived blooms.

        growing carnations

        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 carnation to 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 required for healthy blooms and foliage.

        The soil 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 drains poorly will create yellowed, discoloured leaves and can even kill the plant.

        pink carnation flower

        Photo: Valter Jacinto¦Portugal

        Maintenance and Care

        How To Grow Beautiful Carnations in Containers And Garden Beds
#gardening #gardeningtips #flowergardening  #flowergarden #organicgardening #flowers

        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 leaves, 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 weather 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 carnations. This will help prevent mildew on the stem and leaves and it also encourages the plant to keep producing new blooms. Carnations are easy to deadhead 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.

        Find a colorful selection of Carnations for sale here

        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 room 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 be able to create a lovely garden where these flowers can assume a starring role.

        What would you like to see next?

        Want to learn how to grow your own food from seed?

        Grab the cheat sheet and learn how to avoid the 7 most common seed starting mistakes!

          We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.

          Powered By ConvertKit

          Back to top

          Recent Articles

          1. Tips For Growing Thyme Herb In Containers And In the Ground

            Growing Thyme is a must if you like Italian cooking! Learn how to grow thyme indoors and outside. There are loads of culinary uses for thyme in the kitchen.
          2. Growing Chervil Is Easy! - How To Grow This Underused Culinary Herb!

            Growing Chervil is so easy! Learn how to grow chervil and benefit from this delicate looking culinary herb even in the winter!
          3. Growing Lemon Balm As A Refreshing Culinary Herb

            Growing Lemon Balm in containers or the ground is easy if you choose the right place for it. Learn how to grow Lemon Balm with these easy tips.

          New! Comments

          Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.