Answer: Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) need full sun, but aren't fussy about what sort of soil they grow in. If you are starting them from seed, water to keep the soil evenly moist until the seedlings get to be 3"-4" high, but do not waterlog the soil. After they are firmly established, water when the soil is dry to about 3/4" deep. Hardy border carnation seed is available through Henry Field's Seed PH# 605-655-9391) A similar but smaller variety of carnation, 'Helen', is displayed on pg. 19 ofBurpee's Spring catalog. For best gardening results, I recommend having your soil tested. It can save you a lot of time and money in the long run, and put you on the road to gardening success. For a soil test, contact your extension service at 377-2107.
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