How to Grow Carnations From Seeds

Carnations are sometimes referred to as pinks image by Pakers4


Carnations are a colorful addition to your garden bed, outdoor containers or use them for edging flowers. They come in a range of colors with white, pink and red being the most common. There are dwarf and regular varieties of carnations depending on the size of bloom you desire in your garden. Carnations are simple to grow from seed, making them a natural choice for beginning gardeners. Start carnations indoors or directly in the garden.

Step 1

Plan sowing in early to mid-spring when daytime temperatures begin staying steadily between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Choose a well drained bed to plant the carnations that receives a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of sunlight daily. Check drainage by soaking the area with water. If it drains within 5 hours it is well drained. If not, work compost into the soil to raise the bed 3 to 5 inches.

Step 3

Space seeds on top the soil 12 inches apart. Cover the seeds with ¼-inch vermiculite--a sterile planting medium that is light enough for seedlings to easily push through.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout, Germination occurs within 2 to 3 weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid nitrogen rich compost and fertilizers as they will inhibit blooming. Do not mulch carnations as it will lead to too much water retention in the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Seeds
  • Vermiculite


  • Gardener's Net
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About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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