Growing heirloom carnation seeds in your garden
- 10 heirloom carnation seed varieties
- Perfect for cut flowers
- Prefer full sun exposure
- Long stems and beautiful frilled blooms
The Best Heirloom carnations for your cut flower garden
Heirloom carnations, which are native to the Mediterranean region, are among the most popular commercial cut flowers. Heirloom carnation flowers have a lovely sweet, peppery aroma and produce multiple delicate blooms per stem, which are ideal for cutting. Grenadin Double Carnation Seed Mix, Marie Chabaud Carnation Seeds, and Orange Sherbet Carnation Seeds are just a few of the many kinds available from Eden Brothers to bring this beauty out of the florist's doldrums and into your cutting garden. In the early 1900s, the carnation flower was designated as the national flower of Mother's Day in the United States.
Conditions for growing heirloom carnations
Heirloom carnations grow best in full sun and in average, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Start seeds inside six to eight weeks before the last frost date, or sow directly in the garden one to two weeks before the last frost date. Sow two to three seeds per pot or cell if starting indoors, then lightly cover them with soil, approximately 1/4 inch. Maintain a constant moisture level in the seedlings. If sowing directly, space plants eight to ten inches apart. If temperatures are between 65 and 70°F, germination should take about two weeks. After germination, transport seeds to a bright, cool location. Seedlings should be hardened off before being moved outside.
How to care for heirloom carnation plants
Except in hot, summer-like temperatures, these flowers do not require a lot of water. The ideal hoses to use are soaker hoses. Overwatering will result in yellowing leaves. Deadhead on a regular basis to encourage flowering and a compact growth habit. To preserve vigor, divide clumps every other spring or plant fresh ones.
The benefits of growing heirloom carnations
Heirloom carnations have culinary and medical properties in addition to their decorative ones. While some individuals use the petals as a high-end garnish, others utilize them to bring flowery tones to sweet and savory dishes. Tea made with heirloom carnations can help with anxiety, stress, and nausea. Heirloom carnation petals can be used in a variety of ways to prepare and accent meals.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom carnation flower seed, see the Carnation Seeds Planting Guide.