Carnations are extremely popular due to their use in stunning cut flower arrangements. Coming in both annual and perennial types, these easy-to-grow flowers are a long-time favorite of many gardeners. When grown from seed, growers may choose from a wide array of colorful carnation blooms. Heirloom, open-pollinated flower cultivars of carnation are doubly prized for their enchanting fragrance.
Carnations are also an excellent choice for growth in containers. Carnations in containers can bring much needed color to small landscape plantings, as well as window boxes.
Caring for Carnations in Containers
Whether or not growers can successfully plant carnations in containers will greatly depend upon the conditions provided. Hardiness of carnation plants will vary by the type being grown. Before planting, it will be imperative to select varieties that tolerate growing conditions in your region. If planting perennial carnations in a pot, consider varieties that are extra tolerant to cold, which will ensure survival throughout the winter.
You will need to determine the manner in which to start container grown carnation flowers too. Carnation plants are readily available at many garden centers, but may also be grown from seed quite easily. Growing from seed will allow for greater choice of variety, but purchasing transplants will mean quicker bloom and plant establishment. If growing from seed, the plants may not bloom the first growing season.
To transplant carnations in a pot, select one that is an appropriate size. While single plants can be placed in one pot, a larger one may accommodate multiple carnations. Make certain to arrange potted carnation plants to account for their mature size to avoid overcrowding.
Potted carnation plants will require frequent care throughout the growing season. Like many container grown ornamentals, carnation flowers will require regular watering, depending upon the weather.
Those choosing to grow carnations in a pot should move containers so that they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. They will also benefit from shade during the hottest part of the afternoon, as the plants grow best when the weather is mild and cool.
With proper care, these container plants create a beautiful display of delicate carnation flowers.