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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Uses: Cut Flower
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Date: 2009-12-12Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Location: PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-03-15supermarket carnations
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2016-03-27
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Location: Auckland New ZealandDate: 22/12/2018Blomming in TingDing's Garden
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Date: 2015-01-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-05-05carnation
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-06-24spooky X siberian blue from my garden
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-06-24spookyXsiberian blue from my garden
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2017-02-12
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2017-02-12
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Date: 2013-03-29
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Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, St LouisDate: 2018-03-31carnation
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Location: PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-03-15supermarket carnation
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Date: 2013-03-15
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Date: 2013-03-18
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Date: 2014-01-20
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-06-16
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Date: 2013-03-29
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-10-28Dianthus 010
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Date: 2012-06-18
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Date: 2012-12-27
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Date: 2013-02-23
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Location: HoustonDate: late spring 2012
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Location: Blaine TNDate: 2018-05-13
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-21
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-06-11
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8bDate: 2012-06-02
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Location: HoustonDate: 2014-05-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-02-23cut flower
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Location: Missouri Botanical Garden (Mobot) in St LouisDate: 2016-06-18
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Location: La Crescenta, CADate: 2016-12-15
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Comments:
Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Dec 7, 2011 5:53 PM

There are over 300 species of Carnations, and hundreds more hybrid varieties. Although the hybrids come in many different colors, the most common colors are white, pink and red. Most have a sweet spicy scent.

There are annual, biennial and perennial varieties of carnations.

Carnations are used in flower beds, borders, rock gardens and containers, such as pots, and are one of the longest-lasting cut flowers.

Cuttings taken from the terminal growth can also be used to propagate Carnations. The cuttings, varying from four to six inches long, are taken, and the basal leaves of at least two to three nodes are removed. The cuttings are then inserted in pure sand. The lower leaves must not touch the surface. Cuttings will be ready for transplantation in 25 to 30 days.This method is preferable in the case of perennial Carnations.

Carnations can also be grown by division to rejuvenate older plants. Dig up an entire clump and pull it apart using your hands to separate the plant segments, or use two gardening forks, inserted in the center of the clump, to gently pry the plant apart. Replant each new division as you would a new perennial or annual, and water it in very well.

You need to know ahead how tall each variety will grow in order to provide the right kind of support. The support should be set in place soon after planting, or as the plants emerge from the ground in the spring, so the stems will remain up.

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