Dianthus - Pot Carnations

Dianthus Pot Carnation Oscar Cherry Velvet Dianthus Pot Carnations Supertrouper White Dianthus Pot Carnation Supertrouper Red Pink Dianthus Pot Carnation Supertrouper Purple 

Blooming Season: Spring, summer, fall

Plant Habit: Mounded

Characteristics: Scented flowers

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Bi-weekly

Height: 8" - 10"

Width: 8" - 10"

Exposure: Sun

Available Varieties: Oscar


General Information: 

Carnations, also known as Dianthus caryophyllus, are popular flowers known for their vibrant colors and delightful fragrance. These beautiful, scented flowers are perfect for garden beds or containers. With the right care and attention, you can enjoy a stunning display of carnations in your garden or use them to create stunning floral arrangements.

Here are some key steps to follow when growing carnations:

1. Choosing the Right Location

Carnations thrive in full sun, so it's important to select a location in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Ensure the soil is well-drained and rich in organic matter to provide the best growing conditions for your carnations.

2. Preparing the Soil

Before planting your carnations, prepare the soil by removing any weeds and loosening it with a garden fork or tiller. Incorporate compost or well-rotted manure to improve the soil's fertility and drainage. In containers use a quality soilless container mix.

3. Planting Carnation

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and place the seedling in the hole. Gently backfill the hole with soil, ensuring the crown of the plant is level with the soil surface. Pot carnations do well in containers but can also be used in garden beds.

4. Watering and Fertilizing

Water your carnations regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases. Apply a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms.

5. Pruning and Deadheading

To encourage flowering deadhead spent flowers regularly. 

6. Protecting from Pests and Diseases

Carnations can be susceptible to pests such as aphids, thrips, and spider mites. Monitor your plants regularly and take appropriate measures if you notice any infestations. Applying organic insecticides or using natural predators can help control pest populations.

Additionally, ensure good air circulation around your carnations to prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Water the plants at the base to avoid wetting the foliage.



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