How to Sow Mixed Chabaud Carnation Seeds
Mixed chabaud carnations once grown, blossom into double frilled flowers that will stand out in any home or garden. Chabaud carnations are a traditional wedding flower, they also have a strong, sweet floral fragrance. Similar to a designer perfume, accompanied by bright flowers. Blooming in shades of pink, red and beige, chabaud will grow to 45cm in height. Featuring long green stems, which makes them perfect for bouquets, in a vase or any display.
Growing Advice for Mixed Chabaud Carnation Seeds
- Soil preparation: Carnations prefer well-draining soil with a slightly alkaline pH (around 7.0). Amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility and drainage.
- Planting: Carnation seeds can be sown directly in the garden in late summer or early fall, or started indoors in late winter or early spring. If starting seeds indoors, sow them in a tray or pot filled with seed starting mix, and keep the soil moist and warm (around 70°F or 21°C) until the seeds germinate.
- Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed several sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into individual pots or directly into the garden. Space the plants about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) apart to allow for adequate airflow.
- Watering: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and avoid getting water on the leaves or flowers to prevent fungal diseases. Water the plants deeply once a week, or more frequently in hot and dry weather.
- Fertilizing: Carnations benefit from regular fertilization with a balanced fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 formulation. Apply the fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continued blooming, and pinch back the tips of the stems in early summer to promote bushier growth.
- Winter care: In colder climates, carnations may need protection from frost and freezing temperatures. Mulch the soil around the plants with a layer of straw or leaves to help insulate the roots.