How Do White Carnations Grow?

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White carnations grow best when they are started from seeds indoors, placed in full, hot sun and allowed to dry out between heavy watering. Grow successful white carnations, trimming them back to make room for more blooms, with plant tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how do white carnations grow? Well, carnations are in the dianthus family, and they're very easy to grow. And the easiest way to grow them is by seeds. So you start the seeds indoors. As soon as it stops freezing outside, you start the seeds indoors, and as soon as they start growing just a bit, you set them outdoors and then they'll just come up and then they'll grow and bloom all summer long. They need full, hot sun and good drainage, so they want to dry out completely in between watering. And as soon as they're done blooming, you cut the stems down and they'll keep blooming more and more blooms. And periodically, I like to cut some of the stems down and any brown parts of the plant out. But the key is that full, hot sun and really good drainage. They want a lot of water, but they don't want to sit in water. You can grow them in containers or you can grow them right in the ground, and they'll keep blooming all summer long. They're a great cut flower, lasting up to three weeks in a vase. And white carnations are so symbolic. They're pure, innocent, and they represent love, and so they're a great, great flower to give to a friend. And they also represent youth and honesty, so they're a great representation of how you feel about a friend. And they're easy to grow in the garden as long as you give them full sun and good drainage, and they will die back in the fall. And they're only hearty from zones five to nine, so a lot of times, in colder climates, you'll lose them. In warmer climates, like a chrysanthemum, you just chop them down, and then they'll come back in bloom the next summer. They do rot out easily, so they like to be on the dry side. And in Northwest, I lose them sometimes over the winter just because of the wet weather, but I just start them by seed every spring and then I get so many beautiful results.

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