Gardening Tales

Growing Carnations For The Home and Garden|Gardening Series 1

January 29, 2020
Welcome to my new Gardening Tales Series. Every other week we will explore the many opportunities of gardening. This gardening series is not region specific, so hopefully there will be something for everyone! Today we are going to discover the simplicity and beauty of Carnations for the home and garden and also how to grow our own!

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January and February are the months where I crave my garden time more than ever. I devour gardening catalogs, pursue the internet for gardening inspiration and order seeds. I am sure that if you are a gardener you feel much the same way.

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 It seems to me that more than ever, I am turning to the economical, sweet, simple and easy to grow Carnation.

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Carnations are easy to grow! Who knew... well I suppose I should have considering that Carnations are part of the Dianthus Carophylluss family. I grow Dianthus every year and I bet you do too.  With over 300 species to choose from there are endless color choices as well as varying heights. They can be grown in warmer climates as an annual and in cooler climates as a perennial.

* SUNLIGHT-All varieties of Dianthus need a full sun location will they will receive a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight a day.
*PLANTING- Plant seeds 12 inches apart in well drained, rich soil. Before planting mix a well-rotted compost into a depth of about 12 inches. Be careful not to overwater. Seeds will begin to germinate in 2-3 weeks.

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Achieving a Wow factor in the garden using Dianthus:
Plant the short, mound-forming pinks in front of borders, rock gardens and window boxes. Next up plant Sweet William and follow up with a third layer of color by adding Carnations.
Most popular colors are pink, red, white

*Sweet William

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A Guide To Growing Carnations/ FTD


Carnation plants tend to be a little floppy because the flowers weigh too much for the stems to support therefore it is super important that the plants are staked. A great tip is to use grow-through stakes or create a grid of strings that we can weave the carnation stems through for support.

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Thank you for joining me today and Happy Homemaking and Gardening too! Homemaker, Crafter and Gardener

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  1. Good Morning Jemma,

    I wonder why carnations are overlooked because I love their spicy scent and they're long lasting compared to most cut flowers. During my florist years I added them to bouquets using the carnation spray, the color selection was fantastic for any season.

    Looking forward to this series, it's perfect timing, winter and I don't jive and what a delight to see this in my inbox. Thanks for sharing my book, that was sweet. Love my Startle Garden it helped deplete my hours of maintenance so I spend more time enjoying the process these days.

    You've inspired me, I may need to add spray carns for spring planting.


  2. I never thought of growing carnations -- I always think of them as the flowers you buy at the grocery store! This is exciting. I've had minor luck with dianthus, maybe I could do carnations too. We'll see! Thanks, Jemma!

  3. I love carnations and I think they are often overlooked in floral arrangements. I might have to try growing them! Thank you my friend for the wonderful info!

  4. Oh my gosh, I never thought of carnations being dianthus!! That really makes sense but I just never considered it. I love carnations and buy them at the grocery regularly. They are old faithfuls. :)

  5. The only things we seem to be able to grow around here are dandelions but I keep trying. Every year I try something new. I'm over the hydrangeas. As much as I love them, after the 3rd year, I'm out. This year, I'm trying carnations! Fingers crossed they work. I'd love to have a garden full of pink carnations! pinned ;)

  6. Hi, Jemma. Love the idea of this series, and this is a stellar post! I'm a January birthday, so carnations are my birth month flower. White carnations are also the flower for my sorority, Chi Omega. I've never grown carnations, but I have dianthus pinks and sweet Williams. I like to buy the antique variety of carnations that are avaioable in the market of late. They are so gorgeous and last for weeks and weeks. Have a great day!

  7. This is a wonderful series, Jemma! Around this time of the year I love to think about everything growing and blooming again. Did you hear of High Country Gardens catalog as nd website? They specialize in high altitude gardens and drought resistant flowers.
    I wish i could grow carnations but too many hungry deer visit my yard constantly, so I have poor luck with flowers except for a few that I've learned through trial snd error that deer and rabbits don't like.
    My flower fix is now through my camera, as I love to hike the Colorado foothills in late May and take photos of wildflowers! There are so many wonderful varities.

  8. I bought hot pink carnations at the grocery store after reading this. They are such a long lasting pretty flower. I have always loved them but that isn’t saying much since I love all flowers! Haha! Thanks for the winter pick me up though!! ❤️

  9. Oh Jemma, me and Carnations go way back. I really LOVE everything about them - the scent, how sturdy they are, and how long they last. Your photos of the pink Carnations are lovely. And I love that picture of the Carnations in the milk vase and the gold cart. What a charming photo. You look so cute in your red shoes and your festive red apron. Keep planting your beautiful blooms. : )


  10. There is that cute apron! I haven't done any gardening since moving into this house in Florida. I finally bought myself a small raised planter and plan on planting zinnia seeds! I used to garden SO much in Ohio, I need to get back to it! Thanks for the inspiration!


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