Perennials forum: Re: Carnations

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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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Mar 6, 2017 12:40 PM CST
For the past few years I've tried to grow carnations with no success in getting any flowers. I start the plants from seeds typically and they grow well enough. I even get buds. But something always removes the buds before flowering! I can't figure out what though. I don't see slime trails on the plants, and I don't see bite marks either. I've given plants away to friends with balconies and they get blooms so this must be some kind of critter. Any idea what it could be? The buds are literally there one day and gone the next. As far as I know I only have squirrels, raccoons, skunks, stray cats and various birds that visit my backyard. I have no problem growing sweet william or any other dianthus, just carnations. I want to try growing them again this year but unless I can figure this out I just don't see the point. Sad
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
Apr 29, 2017 12:26 PM CST
I don't know the answer. I grow all my dianthus cultivars in pots because pocket gophers have been observed pulling whole plants into their holes for breakfast. When they are in pots, the gophers leave them alone. Or they have so far... Crossing Fingers!

I'd bet some sort of furry creature is to blame. Deer will remove every rose bud from my garden in one evening if I have not been using a deterrant; but that seems unlikely given your location. I'm betting it's squirrels; but raccoons are also a good bet.

Can you put them in plastic pots and move them indoors at night? Maybe this is too much work?
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.

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