Carnation (Dianthus Caryophyllus Grenadin mix) 150 seeds (#999)
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Dianthus caryophyllus, carnation or clove pink, is a species of Dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2,000 years.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 30-60 cm tall. The leaves are glaucous greyish green to blue-green. The flowers are produced singly or up to five together in a cyme; they are 3–5 cm diameter, and sweetly scented; the original natural flower colours: pink, white, rose, red, yellow.
Approximately 150 seeds in 0,5 g packet.
Genus - Dianthus
Species - Caryophyllus
Variety - Grenadin mix
Common name - Carnation
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 0,30 - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral to slightly alkaline
Soil type - Rich, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Cultivated beds, flower gardens, rock gardens
Bloom season - May - October
Leaf / Flower color - Glaucous greyish green to blue-green / Mix of Pink, white, rose, red, yellow
1. Bury the seeds under 1/4 inch of commercial seed planting medium or a mix of equal parts of perlite and peat moss in a shallow tray 2 or 3 inches deep. Start the seeds in the early spring about 6 weeks before the last frost in your area - from February to April.
2. Water the container from the bottom by setting it into a sink filled with about 1 inch of water for about 10 minutes. Lift, drain slightly until the water stops dripping and place the container in a sunny window.
3. Cover the whole container with a clear plastic bag that will let the light in but keep the soil moist. Remove it after about 10 days when the seeds start sprouting.
4. Water the seedlings every few days so that the soil stays moist. Add 1 tsp. of general liquid plant fertilizer to a gallon of water and fertilize the seedlings once a week after they are about 10 days old.
5. Transplant the dianthus seedlings outside in the spring, keeping the soil around their roots by sliding a spoon under them and lifting them from the container.
6. Set the seedlings into holes deep enough to hold the roots and keep the plant at the same planting depth. Gently press the soil so that it is firm around the stem and continue the watering and fertilizing schedule.
Info source: eHow.com