Wondering how to plant carnations? Look no further. Carnations are easy flowers to plant and grow. Carnations come in a wide range of colors, and there are both annual and perennial varieties. With a little preparation and maintenance, you can have beautiful carnations blooming in no time.
Plan and Prepare the Soil
The first step to successfully growing carnations is to figure out the most suitable place to plant them. The ideal spot gets a lot of sunlight and has well-drained, slightly alkaline soils. If you are unsure whether your soils are alkaline, you can buy a soil pH test at your local garden store. If you find that your soils are too acidic, try adding lime or wood ash to the soil. It is also a good idea to add some fertilizer to your soil as you prepare it. Right before you plant, make sure to rake the soil to remove any rocks or sticks.
Plant the Seeds
If you are growing carnations from seed, the best time to plant is in the late spring or early summer. Sow the seeds 8 to 10 inches apart and cover them lightly with soil. Gently water the soil. If you live in a particularly cold climate, you may want to plant the seeds indoors and transplant them outdoors after the last frost, but be sure to allow the seeds to grow for nine to ten weeks before transplanting them.
Once they have been planted, carnations are quite easy to look after. Be sure to water regularly, particularly during droughts or dry spells. Take care to not over-water. If your carnations are perennial, be sure to cut back the stems after the plants have flowered in order to help ensure that they will flower again the following year.