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Enjoy the Fragrance of Carnations from your own Garden

February 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Outdoor

If you’re one of the millions of people that enjoy carnations and the amazing fragrance they produce, you may be interested in knowing that you can experience that right in your very own yard. That’s right. You can plant your own carnations and skip those trips to the florists.

It’s possible to grow such beautiful carnations yourself that you can use them to create such special bouquets as Mothers Day flowers by cutting them from your own garden. The good news is that it’s not all that difficult to grow them.

Start by preparing the soil to use in the growing flats. Typical measurements are 2 parts fresh garden soil, 1 part coarse sand, and 1 part compost. Carnations aren’t meant to be firmly potted. Shake the soil but don’t press it. You can use a salt shaker to scatter your seeds in the soil. When ready, the flats can be placed in warm water long enough to thoroughly soak the soil. Take some plastic bags and punch several holes in them for ventilation. Then cover the flats.

Reverse the flats each day to keep the seedlings from leaning toward the sun. Use tweezers to thin out any unwanted growths. When 4 or more leaves have grown, it’s time to transplant the seedlings 2 inches apart in larger flats or pots.
Carnations ready for permanent planting need to be about 6 inches apart in rows of about 12 inches in distance. Do this in early spring when you can. Just don’t plant them too deeply to avoid rotting of the stems. Plant them in moderately rich and loose soil about 2 feet deep. Be sure that a good deal of organic fertilizer has been worked into the soil prior to planting. The soil also needs to be wet.

After you’ve permanently transplanted the carnations, cut them back to about 3 inches high. This will help them to grow into strong bush type plants. Sometimes you’ll need to stake a plant to keep it from spreading the flowers on the ground. Your carnations can be planted as seeds and bloom in 6 to 8 months.

However, many people prefer perennials and don’t expect the best flowers until the plants are 2 years old. These make for some gorgeous arrangements for your flower deliveries.

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