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How to Plant & Maintain Carnations

18 September 2019

How to Plant Carnations
Planting Conditions

Carnations require a minimum of morning sun to full day sun with fertile, well-drained neutral pH soil. It is preferred to plant them in raised beds 25cm to 30cm apart to the depth of the pot. It is essential to have good air circulation around the stem base, so do not surface mulch.

Watering

Avoid over watering as the foliage tends to yellow. Weekly watering is sufficient with mature plants, unless extremely dry conditions prevail.

Feeding

A light feed every 6 to 8 weeks with an all-purpose liquid fertiliser such as Aquasol, or a slow release fertiliser such as Osmacote.

Pruning

Carnations are perennials, so it is essential that all blooms, either in flower or spent, be removed as close as possible to the stem base.

Vase Life

Vase life of carnation blooms can be dramatically extended with regular changes of glucose enriched (with White King) water.

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