Single Packet of 500 Seeds
Carnations are darling in flower beds, but can also be found in edible flower decorations all over the world. These flowers are believed to express love, fascination and distinction. The blooms are long lasting after they have been cut. These very delicate and effeminate plants are a favorite in the florists market as a cut flower, since they are able to re-hydrate. This has made them an excellent choice for garlands and other decorative plants for hundreds years. Today they are a popular choice for all things Mother's Day and are often used in weddings and funerals as well.
Carnations, also known by their scientific name Dianthus caryophyllus, are distinctive due to their growth pattern. Each bloom will display petals of vibrant colors. They are herbaceous perrenials ranging in color from white to pink to purple. All varieties are easily bred to create interesting colors for specialty bouquets and garden accents. They typically grow between 1 and 2 inches in diameter, with petals that are generally clawed or serrated. Some carnation species have as many as 40 petals.
Dianthus caryophyllus is commonly known as a Clove Carnation due to it's clove like scent and can be used in insectaries and butterfly gardens. Their distinctive smell will attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees & hummingbirds as well. Chabaud Mixture can be mixed with several other varieties of Clove Carnations to produce a breathtaking garden. Because of their somewhat shorter growth habit, you can place Clove Carnations in many settings of the garden. They can be used in flower beds, raised beds, pots & containers or even used as border plants. Chabaud Mixture will make an excellent cut flower for many fresh bouquets and floral arrangements too!
Categorized as a tender perennial plant in most regions, Clove Carnations will grow quickly, flowering for a few short weeks, only to wilt with the cooler temperatures of the Winter season. Although the plants wilt on the surface, they can regrow the following year if the seeds manage to fall to the bare ground beneath. You can also collect the seeds from spent blooms at the end of the Autumn season to regrow this beautiful flowering plant the following season.
Carnations breed bisexually and are not difficult to grow. The flowers bloom simply into branched or forked clusters. Carnations stamens can occur in one or two whorls, providing clues as to how many petals will subsequently develop. Stalks and leaves are narrow and their color varies from green to periwinkle or even purple. No matter the color, these flowers are known to grow big and are full of blooms.
- Type: Flower
- Color: Mixed
- Height: 12" - 24" Tall
- Width: 12" - 14" Spread
- Season: Annual / Tender Perennial
- Zones: 1 to 10
- Environment: Full sun
- Uses: Flower beds, along walkways, borders or driveways. Great as a cut flower in fresh and dried bouquets.
Sowing The Seed
Clove Carnation seeds are best established in starter pots, for transplanting outdoors later on. Start in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow 3 to 4 seeds per pot, at a depth of 1/16" under topsoil. The seeds will require a bit of direct light to properly germinate, so it is recommended that you do not bury the seeds deeper than the recommended sowing depth above. Transplant entire pots, or direct sow outdoors, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
Carnations will thrive in an area of full sunlight for at least 5 to 6 hours daily. The temperatures should be at least 70F and the soil will need to be fertile, yet well drained. To increase your drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any areas that consist of hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily, with a mist setting, so that the soil remains moist until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
Your seeds will typically take anywhere between 7 and 21 days to germinate successfully. The plants will reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall and can be spaced 12 inches apart from one another. This mixture produces 1.5 to 2 inch, double blooms in shades of red, pink, burgundy, white & yellow. The plants release a refreshing, clove like scent, attracting an array of beneficial insects to the garden.