Carnation Culture - Knowledgebase Question

Urbana, IL
Question by sommer6
February 14, 1998
Last year I planted some wonderful carnations. I neglected to protect them this winter (it's been very mild here) I also did not cut them back. What should I do for them this spring?


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Answer from NGA
February 14, 1998

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There are over 300 species and hundreds of hybrids of carnations. Some are perennial, some biennial, and some are annual. If yours are the clove pink kind, they're perennial and the clumps can be divided this spring. As soon as you can, cut back the foliage that remains from last year's growth. When new growth begins you can dig and divide your plants and replant them. Clove Pink carnations are among the most fragrant - enjoy!

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