Vintage carnations present the sweet and spicy fragrance of clove. Frilly, 1 1/2-2" double blooms with a small percentage of singles. Striped, flaked, and picotee types in shades of rose, pink, wine, salmon, cream, and white. Grass-like, gray or blue-green foliage. Blooms late July through August in our trials and is best grown as an annual for cut-flower production. Chabaud is an old-fashioned type dating back to as early as 1904. D. caryophyllus is native to the Mediterranean, where emotional attachment to this flower first took root. Also known as annual carnation. Pronounced shab-o, with a long "o." Ht. 24-30". Avg. 14,100 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 65-72°F (18-22°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 10-12 weeks before last frost. Lightly press seed into medium. Transplant into cell packs or 3-4" pots 20-25 days after sowing. Harden off and transplant. Cool temperatures of 50-55°F (10-13°C) are required to keep the plants low growing and basal branching. Avoid warm temperatures in excess of 65°F (18°C), especially at night, which will product soft growth. Direct seed: Early spring when a light frost is still possible.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, sandy, well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline.
PLANT SPACING: 6".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 5-9, but best as an annual.
HARVEST: Harvest when 10-20% of flowers in cluster or spray are open.
USES: Excellent commercial cut flower and is also suitable for gallon container production with one plant per gallon container. Also makes a lovely bedding plant.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
130 - 140 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Seeds saved over many years and passed down, in original form, from generation to generation.