How to grow and care for carnations

Tips on how to grow and care for carnations - not only a florist can plant and tend to Carnations, even a beginning gardener can grow them.

What do you think when you see a Carnation? Do you automatically remember the Carnation on your groomsmen's buttonhole on your wedding day? When you see a green Carnation, do you think of Saint Patrick's Day? Did you know that most florists refer to a Carnation as Pinks? Did you know that the Carnation comes in red, white and pink and any other color Carnation you see in flower shops have been dyed?

The average person assumes that a Carnation is grown specifically in a greenhouse so they can be sold in flower shops across America. The average person does not realize that the technical term for carnation is Dianthus. The Carnation is a part of a vast variety of flowers in its family. Besides the Carnation, there are the Pinks and Sweet Williams.

Most people do not grow Carnations in their gardens and do not realize how easy it is to tend to this worldly symbol. Although Carnations can grow anywhere in the United States, they do better in warmers climates such as California, Florida and any of the Southern states. There are many different varieties of Carnations that grow strictly in Europe because they have the right temperature for these flowers that we in the United States can not obtain.

So you're wondering if it's worth it to grow Carnations if you live in the areas where the weather is harsh and cold most times? The answer is yes! Even though you may not live in those warm, sunny states, there are alternatives to growing Carnations all year round. Why limit yourself to flowers fit best for your state? You can grow Carnations in a pot and keep them indoors in either your own greenhouse or your house in general. You may also choose to grow them outside in your garden. This is a fine choice as well as potting.

First of all, lets get the idea that only florists grow these beautiful plants out of your mind. Just remember that all gardeners and florists once planted Carnations for the first time as well. It is possible that even a novice gardener produce these beautiful fragrant flowers. The Carnation, like any other flower or plant, starts off as a seedling. When you plant the seeds make sure you use an individual pot for each Carnation you plan to grow. You may plant more than one seed per pot but be sure to separate your seedlings into their own pot as the Carnation starts to grow to prevent crowding. If crowding occurs, this could possibly result in either killing off one or more or even possibly all of your flowers.

For the best result not only should you plant the seedlings in an individual pot but you should make sure you plant them in a pot that is 2 1/2 inches deep and the pot drains well. After planting the seeds, cover your soil for two to three days. After those first few days, give these new plantings full sun during the day and at night make sure the temperature does not dip down below 50 degrees. It takes an average of 5 to 7 weeks for the seedlings to take root in the soil. Just like other flowers, the Carnations prefer to be in the sun so it would be best to find a place in your house that soaks in the most sun.

Once your Carnation takes shape and the weather is safely in the warm period you may even be able to transfer them into your garden. If you choose to grow your Carnations outside in your garden from the beginning, just remember that the Carnation is not a flower that takes well to harsh, cold weather. When planning to plant it would be best to plant in mid-spring. Before planting your seeds, take the time to observe which area of your yard warrants the most sunlight because once again, the Carnation prefers a lot of sunlight. When you are planting the seeds outside, remember to plant the seeds 8-10 inches apart to allow the Carnations to root properly. Just remember to water them weekly and if it seems to be a drier time of the year then water them twice a week instead.

Whether you are growing your Carnation inside or outside, they tend to get from 16 to 18 inches high. These flowers make a wonderful addition to your garden or you may even use them as a border. Even though florists mostly grow the Carnation for special occasions, it is very possible and even easy to grow this international symbol. A person with even a "black" thumb could obtain the result desired.

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