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Carnation, Burpee's Super Giant Mix

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One of the best flowers for cutting.

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Beautifully fringed fully double flowers in a wide range of colors. Blooms are large and fragrant. Delightful in the garden or superb for cutting from summer until frost. Grow as a perennial in mild areas, sowing in summer to bloom the following year.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Cut Flowers, Thriller

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Carnations may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in summer, or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow carnation seeds indoors 8 weeks before last frost in order to flower the same year.
  • Sow 1/8 inch deep in seed-starting formula.
  • Keep the soil moist at 60-70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Transplanting in the Garden:

  • Transplant seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost. Select a location in full sun with loose, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 12 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in midsummer to flower the following year. Select a location in full sun with loose, well-drained soil.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow thinly ¼ inch deep.
  • Keep moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 14-21 days depending on soil and weather conditions.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming.

Growing Tips

  • Carnations are perfect for long-lasting fresh cut flowers.
  • Grow carnations in beds and borders or containers.
  • Carnations prefer cooler conditions.
Zone
5-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
18 inches
Spread
18 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers, Thriller
Planting Time
Spring
Genus
Dianthus
Life Cycle
Perennial
Carnation, Burpee's Super Giant Mix is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hardy, Colorful Plants! I planted the whole bag of seeds in hopes that some would germinate and to my surprise, most of them did. I did direct sow into the ground and just watered it somewhat daily. It took a while for them to germinate, almost gave up on them. They grew strong but did not flower until the next year. Beautiful multi-colors. Gave one less stars because they weren't as large as I hoped they would be. The plus side is that they are very hardy once established. I don' even water them everyday or bother to check on them and they are still producing flowers like crazy. Will definitely be ordering more!
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not good The seeds don't germinate well. I got 3 sprouts out of the whole package. They are about 2 inches tall right now. Let's wait and see if they will succeed.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good! I've been growing these for a few years... always had no problems with it, grows well, and super easy. Everyone is so surprised I grow them from seeds. I don't do anything special in growing them, just full sun. I've even forgotten to water them sometimes and it is very hardy.
Date published: 2009-09-18
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