The Chinese carnation or dianthus chinensis adorns borders, flower beds and planters perfectly thanks to its magnificent colors.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Dianthus chinensis
Family : Caryophyllaceae
Type : Annual
Height : 20 to 30 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Well-drained, ordinary
Sowing: February to April -Flowering : April to October
Planting and sowing Chinese carnation
Sow the Chinese carnation well:
The Chinese carnation can be sown as early as February, or even slightly for southern regions.
- You can proceed to a sowing under shelter from February
- Cover the seeds with a very thin film as they also need light to germinate
- Germination takes place at 18-20 °
- Lifting takes place after 1 to 2 week (s)
- Transplant your Chinese carnations once in a cup before putting in place in May, after any risk of frost
- You can sow directly in place from April-May if the climate in your region allows it
Note that your Chinese carnation will need a sufficient sunshine to flower, at least 3 to 4 hours per day.
For planting Chinese carnations bought in pots, you will put them in the ground in spring or at the end of summer, these are the 2 ideal periods for planting.
- Space your Chinese carnations 25-30 cm apart to give them room to develop.
Caring for Chinese carnation
Chinese carnation claims little care once it is properly installed. A few steps will help you improve and prolong flowering.
- Cut the faded flowers as they go, this stimulates the appearance of new flowers
- Cutting the wilted flowers as they go allows for a slight upturn at the end of the season
- Water only in prolonged drought
As soon as the first fall frosts arrive, your Chinese carnations should wither and will not grow back the following year. You can pull them out before winter.
To know about Chinese carnation
The Chinese carnation is native to the countries it is named after. Chinese carnation offers a very long flowering period, from March-April to late October, making it one of the longest flowering annuals.
Its flowers are plain or variegated and range from white to red, passing through pink, purple or even purple.
Undemanding, we like to plant them in rock gardens, borders but also in beds, tubs and planters.
Smart tip about Chinese carnations
Chinese carnation flowers are prone to rust. To avoid this, change your location every year.
- Find all our gardening sheets dedicated to carnations
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