tips of starting/growing Carnations from seed ?

kvbchMarch 5, 2007

I planted some Carnation seeds yesterday indoors under

my grow lights.....I have observed that, sometimes, starting and maintaining seedlings of perennials can be more trick than annuals.

Although, from my reading so far, every authority says that carnations are very easy to grow from seed.

Any hints/tips/recommendations ?

Kevin/Zone 6

Southern Illinois

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I have started a lot of carnations and have never had a problem with germination. In fact they are very easy to grow and I love them. This is what I do-I use Miracle grow potting mix to start all my seeds. I have done this for many years and have a very good success rate. In one season I start over 75 trays of flowers. Most times you cover the seed as thick as the seed is, very small seed do not get covered. I use vermiculite to cover my seed it's light and they can pop right through. Unless it notes otherwise I put my trays in a clear plastic bag and put on a heated bed in the green house, as soon a few seed have popped through I take the tray out of the bag and off the heating bed.
Best of Luck,

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 9:06PM
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Great Advice!

Thanks for the write up, I can't wait to get these started then! I'm still just not used to Perrenials being as easy as annuals.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2007 at 11:03AM
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Pudge 2b

I find that perennials, once germinated, are better grown in cooler conditions (around 60-65F). Some are harder to germinate but overall, perennials are no harder to start from seed than annuals.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2007 at 11:35AM
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I started a flat of carnations indoors on January 1, 2013. These have not yet sprouted.....I have had them on a heating mat and under this normal, or what am I doing wrong? Many others of my seedlings have already popped up and they were planted after these! One thing...i used seeds that I harvested last fall from my carnations outside...could this be the problem, or do they truly just take a while to "pop"? PLEASE HELP!

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 11:59AM
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I am going to jump in and ask another carnation question. Is it usual to start carnations this early in the season? Are they really slow like Lisianthus? I had planned on trying a few this year, but it hadnt occurred to me to get them going yet. I do have lisianthus, begonias and geraniums coming up already (under lights). I dont have a greenhouse, so they would be under lights in small containers until May.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 6:51AM
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Noni Morrison

I started some quite suggessfully about 4 years ago. They are still growing good but I don't remember the details now. Some seeds can be slow to start, but if you harvested your own seeds, they could have not set properly, or been from plants that do not make good seeds. I hope by now you have seen some sprouting. If not, I don't think I would waste a lot of energy on this batch. Buy some good seeds and try again, its not too late!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:33PM
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