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Name: Debbie
Ventura County, CA
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ChefDebbie
Feb 28, 2018 6:18 PM CST
I started some carnation seeds in seed starting mix, in paper egg cartons (inside). They just started sprouting the other day. My questions are:
1. Is it better to grow them inside or outside?
2. How big do the new sprouts need to be before transplanting them into a pot?
Anyone with any advice for a first time carnation grower would be so appreciated!
A transplanted New Yorker now living in Southern California..... Rudeness is the weak person's imitation of strength.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 1, 2018 12:49 PM CST
Howdy there Debbie 😀
Watch me get some heads up for you ! just by answering your question. He he he 😀😀😀

Egg cartons ? Really ! Kind of small.

Of coarse, being paper ?🤔?
It seams that roots would grow through.
If all of cardboard cup was completely, over the top, buried in next size container/pot ? 🤔??? Seams like roots would. You can be my guinea pig. Lol 😀. Yoke Yoke.

You got me sort of dizzy now ! Or maybe I got myself dizzy Shrug! , butt ! let's not argue. Ok ?😀

I imagine they will eventually be grown outside ? Sooo, if warm enough, start em outside, or could bring them inside at nite, if nites are to cold right now. In and out, in and out.
Gee ! I hope I didn't make you hungry for a burger ! Sorry 😞 !

Hay ! Pick me one up too !

Next.....? When they get a few true leaves, and around, say, around a couple inches tall, I'd cut egg crates apart.
Trim off as much cardboard as you can, and plant in individual pots, as deep as you can. Don't leave any cardboard above ground. It will dry out, and trap roots inside.

Now, hear !!! I might step in my own poop ! So, I'll say it like this. I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE ! The roots will, grow through the egg crate cardboard ! Poo poo pee doo ! 😎

Latter 💃
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2018 2:40 PM CST
Once you manage to decipher Philip's version of English, the points he made are good. But don't bury the stems - their current soil level should be their permanent soil level.

Don't move them in and out - its either in or out. In for now, out when they get bigger. Make sure to give them plenty of light right now so they can grow sturdy stems.
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