HOW TO GROW CARNATIONS – Carnations are a popular flower, just go to any wedding to see how many people wear them in their button holes. Carnations are also widely used in flower arrangements due to the multitude of colors that are available; and a bunch of freshly cut Carnations really does brighten up any home. In this guide you can learn how to grow your own beautiful Carnations in your garden.
Carnations require full sunlight to grow with soil that is well drained and that has a PH level of approximately 6.8. It is important that you get the growing conditions right if you want to grow Carnations. Take a look at our Garden Soil Preparation – within this section you can learn how to test PH levels in soil and other useful guides directly related to soil conditions.
Take a seed tray and fill with good quality potting soil. With your finger drill holes in the soil at a depth of about 1/8″ and approximately 12″ apart. You do need to ensure that your Carnations are well spread as they do like the growing room to spread their roots as they develop.
Place one seed in each of the holes you have made and then cover the seeds with potting soil and water lightly. You want the soil damp to moist, but not soaking.
Once the seedlings are a few inches long transplant them into pots. Place some small gravel or grit at the bottom of the pots and then fill with potting soil. Drill a hole in the center of the soil and then take a single seedling and transplant it. Leave the seedling to establish until it is over 6″ and then you can transplant it into your garden.
When transplanting into the garden do make sure you pick a spot that gets full sunlight and with the right growing conditions, see Step 1.
Acknowledgements: Video – eHow.com