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How to Grow Carnation Flowers

Updated July 20, 2017

Carnations are the added touch for bouquets and coursages. They are excellent in floral arrangements and great border plants that bloom all season long. Carnations are easy to grow. They do best in full sun, in well-drained soil, require watering twice a week and an all-purpose fertiliser once a month. Perennial carnations are hardy and can withstand winters with a little mulch.

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  1. Sow seeds outdoors in early spring in area that gets four or five hours of direct sunlight. Place seeds 12 inches apart and cover with one-half inch of soil.

  2. Add peat moss or manure during growing season. Carnations thrive in fertilised, alkaline soil.

  3. Add mulch only when the growing season is complete. Carnations do not do well in too much moisture.

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Things You'll Need

  • Carnation seeds
  • Hand gardening tools
  • All purpose fertiliser
  • Peat moss
  • Mulch
  • Water

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