The Basics of Growing Carnations

Carnations are some of the most popular flowers when it comes to ordering them from florists as gifts. However, you can grow these beautiful flowers in your own home garden with a bit of love and patience.

The Dianthus Caryophyllus, which translates to either “flower of love,” or “flower of the gods,” has a lengthy history and is thought to come from the Mediterranean region. In the Roman and Greek times, carnations were used for art and decorations. They used to bloom in shades of only peach and pink. Now, however, they also bloom in red, white, green, yellow and purple.

Carnations aren’t that hard to grow. You can choose from over 300 species and hundreds of hybrids to plant in your garden. Usually, carnations grow from 18 to 24 inches tall. They are low maintenance because they easily adjust to all sorts of weather and environments. Carnation bouquets live up to 2 to 3 weeks in a vase. That’s why they’re perfect for such things as Mothers Day flowers.

Even though carnations are quite easy to grow, there are some things that you need to know to keep them healthy and thriving:

• Carnations must get 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, and need to be in a well-drained area of your garden.
• Remove any weeds or rocks in the area before planting. The ground needs to be smooth.

• Use a 1inch layer of good compost such as peat, pine bark, or cow manure and work it into the soil.

• Don’t plant your carnations too deep or they’ll rot. Plant as deep as they were in a planter.

• Don’t use mulch on the carnations as it will also lead to rot. Allow the stems to breathe.

• Carnations need lots of water but they need to be kept damp rather than wet.

Using these basics to plant carnations can have them thriving well into the winter months. You can find varieties of annual, biennial as well as perennial and choose which ones you want. Whichever type you choose, and wherever you decide to plant your carnation garden, you’re guaranteed a beautiful, vibrant and long term addition to your landscape. Others will enjoy the beauty as much as you, especially when you make personal flower deliveries to them.

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