Carnations From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Ozark, AL
Question by PILCHR
May 19, 1999
How do you raise carnations from seed?

Answer from NGA
May 19, 1999


Annual carnation (Dianthus) seeds should be sown just on the surface of moistened seed starting mix and barely covered with additional soil. The seeds will germinate in 5-21 days when kept at 60F-70F degrees. The plants grow best in full sun, in rich, moist, well-draining soil. You can sow the seeds directly outdoors in the very early spring, for bloom during the coolest months of spring. Dianthus flowers best in cool weather.

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