Single Packet of 500 Seeds
Featuring bright, showy blooms in various shades of orange, the Orange Sherbet Carnation is a lovely addition to your garden. Well-suited for both container gardening and flower beds, the Orange Sherbet Carnation is a versatile plant that is hardy and easy to grow.
Carnations, also called "Clove Pinks," are a type of Dianthus. Their long history dates back over 2,000 years, where they were originally cultivated in the Mediterranean Region. Traditionally, carnations were symbols for love,, with lighter shades commonly given as a show of admiration and affection, while deeper reds were given as a sign of deep love. Throughout history, carnations have been popular symbols for everything from royal crests to political movements. Today, they are most often used to represent Mother's Day.
While carnations originally only bloomed in deep pinks and magenta, they are now available in nearly every color and shade imaginable, from pure white to deep purple-black. In warmer climates, they are a tender perennial flower, blooming every year. Carnation petals are edible, and because of this and their variety of available colors, they make excellent decorations for cakes. The petals are also steeped to use in wine or distilled to make carnation essential oil, which has medicinal properties and is used to treat skin irritation and aid nausea.
The Orange Sherbet Carnation grows to around 24 inches tall, and it produces double blooms averaging around one to two inches in diameter. The blooms themselves have a delicate, frilled edge, and they range in shades from pale salmon to deep reddish-orange. Some blooms have a "creamsicle" look with white and cream petals with orange tips. These flowers stand out on sturdy stems with blue-green or gray-green foliage.
While the Orange Sherbet Carnation makes a gorgeous presence in flower beds and containers, this variety is perfect for cut flower arrangements. This will look gorgeous in a vase as a fresh centerpiece while adding a pleasant fragrance to the air. They can also be dried and used in a dried flower arrangement for a long-lasting decoration.
- Type: Flower
- Color: Orange hues
- 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 variety produces 1.5 to 2 inch, double blooms in a salmon coloring. The plants release a refreshing, clove like scent, attracting an array of beneficial insects to the garden.