Planting the best carnation seeds
- 10 carnation seed varieties
- Great for borders, beds, and cut flowers
- Thrive in full sun conditions
- Offer stems up to 24 inches long
carnations for your cut flower garden
Carnations are among the most popular commercial cut flowers and are native to the Mediterranean area. With a beautifully sweet, peppery scent, carnation seeds will produce several diminutive blooms per stem, which are perfect for cutting. Eden Brothers' Grenadin Double Carnation Seed Mix, Marie Chabaud Carnation Seeds, and Orange Sherbet Carnation Seeds are just a few of the many varieties that we offer to bring this beauty out from the florist doldrums and into your cutting garden. Fun carnation facts: the carnation flower was deemed the official flower of Mother's Day in the United States in the early 1900's, and it's known as the state flower of Ohio. Tell your friends about carnations!
how and when to plant carnations
Carnations thrive in full sun in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before your last frost or directly sow into your garden one to two weeks before. If starting indoors, sow two to three seeds per pot or cell and lightly cover them with soil, about 1/4 inch. Keep seedlings moist. If direct sowing, be sure to space plants about eight to ten inches apart. Germination should occur within two weeks if temperatures are 65 to 70°F. If in containers, move seeds to a sunny, cool place after germination. Harden off seedlings before moving them outdoors.
These blooms do not need a lot of water, except in hot, summer-like conditions. Soaker hoses are best. Do not over water as this will cause yellow foliage. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering and a compact habit. Divide clumps every other spring, or plant new ones to maintain vigor.
other carnation uses and benefits
In addition to their aesthetic purposes, carnations also offer culinary and medicinal uses. While some people use the petals as an elevated garnish, others sprinkle the petals over sweet and savory preparations to add floral tones to their meal. Carnations are also used in tea to reduce anxiety, stress, and nausea. There are endless ways of preparing and accenting meals with carnation petals.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for carnation flower seed, see the Carnation Seeds Planting Guide.