Carnation was one of the first flower we planted in our place here in Adelaide. I bought a punnet of carnation ‘Chabaud mix’ seedlings in autumn year of 2009. Carnation need to be cut down very often as they grow lush and spread out pretty fast. This also promote more flowering. Carnation is a herbaceoues perennial plant and it is said to be originated from the Mediterranean region. The lower branch of our carnations were getting woody and old. We also liked to clear the area which the carnation was growing and move the carnation to another place. I think it will be a waste not to keep this plant because it thrive in neglect and it blooms longer than other flowers. So I google and see what option I can keep on growing this plant; to transplant the whole plant, grow from seeds or can it grow back by cuttings. I decided to have a go at growing them by cuttings make new baby carnation plants. I cut some new shoot stems and stuck it into the soil.I cut some carnation cuttings and stick it in polystyrene container in End of August last year.
More than 2 weeks later, we can see some growth from the cuttings.
Blooming profusely by Mid of November and need regular headings for promoting more flowers. Young plants give more blooms rather than the old plants. I will put in our autumn plan to grow new plants from cuttings and put in in the layout plan .
This is just the collection of ‘Chabaud mix’ that we have in our garden. For my notes, to decide to have a colourful mixture or single colours in one row for next autumn/spring. I hope my photographic memory won’t failed me to remember which colour is growing in which area.
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