Carnations or Dianthus spp. are popular perennials that originated in Europe and Asia. Carnations produce gray-green leaves with pale to dark pink flowers that can grow 10 to 20 inches tall.
Carnation seeds need fertile, well-drained soil and four to five hours of sunlight daily to thrive once sprouted.
Seeds need to be spaced 10 to 12 inches apart and buried 1/8 inch deep in the soil.
Carnation seeds germinate in about 10 to 20 days when the temperatures reach 70 degrees F.
Carnations will not bloom the first year when sown directly in the garden. Sow the seeds indoors six to eigtht weeks before the last spring frost to have first year blossoms.
Carnation seeds have a five-year shelf life when stored in a cool, dry place.
Carnations come in many varieties, such as First Love, Rosish One, Siskin Clock, Artic Star, Brilliant Star, Eastern Star, Pixie Star, Spangled Star, Indian Carpet Mix, Arctic Fire, Brilliant, Bath's Pink, Bewitched, Firewitch and Tiny Rubies.
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