The Q&A Archives: Carnations

Question: I love carnations and I've tried to plant them for 2 years now, but they won't grow. I follow the instructions on the seed packet. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: If you're having trouble germinating the seed, you might want to try starting them indoors where you can control the moisture and temperature until the seedlings get up and growing. Start indoors 8-12 weeks before planting out. Sow the seeds on the surface of moistened seed starting mix and just press them in with your hand. Cover the trays or pots with plastic wrap to help retain moisture and then place in a warm area such as on top of the refrigerator. Seeds should germinate in 14-21 days when kept at 60F - 70F degrees. As soon as seedlings appear remove the plastic wrap and place under a source of artificial light.

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