Carnation-QR - Manning's Greenhouse

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The Carnation

The Carnation, scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus, boasts a rich history and cultural significance dating back over 2,000 years. Originating in the Mediterranean region, this perennial flowering plant has been cultivated for its beauty and fragrance since ancient times. The name "carnation" is believed to be derived from the Latin word "carnis," meaning flesh, referring to the flower's original pinkish hue. Throughout history, carnations have held various symbolic meanings, representing love, fascination, and distinction across different cultures.
Scientific Name - Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnation cultivation requires attention to detail and specific care practices to ensure optimal growth and blooming. Here are some key steps for successful cultivation:
  • Choose a well-draining location with full sun exposure for optimal growth and flowering.

  • Prepare the soil by incorporating organic matter such as compost to improve fertility and drainage.

  • Plant seeds or seedlings in the spring or early fall, spacing them about 12 inches apart.

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the plant's active growth periods.

  • Apply a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms.

  • Mulch around the base of the plants to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a consistent soil temperature.

  • Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming and remove any diseased or damaged foliage.

  • Provide support for tall varieties to prevent them from flopping over and to maintain an upright habit.

By following these planting and gardening practices, enthusiasts can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of carnations in their gardens throughout the growing season.
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