Growing Carnations From Seed

Growing Seeds

Growing carnations from seeds is easy. You could buy the seeds or you could save the seeds from a wilted bloom, dry the seeds out, and plant them in seed trays the following spring.


How To Grow Carnations From Cuttings

Carnations are tall and good for bouquets but tend to be less hardy than other Dianthus. This guide shows you How To Grow Carnations From Cuttings.


Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil, preferably with neutral to alkaline soil pH. Carnations will not tolerate wet soils, especially in winter.

Planting Instructions

  • Plant in spring or autumn, spacing plants 6 to 12 inches apart, depending on the type.
  • Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
  • Dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant’s container.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.
  • Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently.
  • Water thoroughly.


  • Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • Stake tall varieties to keep them upright.
  • Remove spent blooms on tall varieties, or cut back mounding plants after bloom to encourage rebloom.
  • After the first severe frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line.
  • Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.