The Q&A Archives: Carnation Buds

Question: Hi,

I bought some carnation plants in Feb. I transplanted them to a large planter and now it has started to put out new stems . But lately I have noticed that the buds, as they are growing , are drying out . I checked the inside of the dry bud and found the petals are also dry too. Is this any disease ?

The plants are looking healthy. Since I brought them home I keep them inside near a bright patio door which is facing west. Can you please advise me on this . Thanks.

Answer: Carnations would usually be kept in a very bright location with their soil evenly moist but very well drained to prevent root rot. In most cases the plants resent excess humidity as well as excess moisture at their roots. It is possible that transplant stress or possibly root disturbance has caused an interruption in the moisture supply to the buds. It is also possible there is an insect or disease problem. Trim away the ruined buds and keep an eye on the plant. If the problem continues and you are sure you are not overwatering or underwatering, you might want to consult with your county extension about the problem.

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