Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Journal August 15, 2018 Carnations in a can.
In my seed cache, I came across a packet of Dwarf Fragrance mix carnations from Ed Hume Seeds that I purchased years ago. I started some seeds in a used coffee container to grow deep water culture with a wick. I found that the container was just the right diameter to support a 3" net pot. The media is in the 3" net pot and consists of 80% agricultural perlite, a thin layer of coco coir holding the seeds and a thin layer of activated charcoal covering the coir. For nutrients, I am using the same mix and strength that I use for basil, except, I have been adding .5 ml of a potent phosphate to promote flowering.
As the plants grew it was necessary to add a few skewers to support the plants as they tend to be top heavy. My objective is to grow flowers, not to win an award for the most attractive plant.
As I recall I tried to grow these same seeds in the greenhouse but abandoned the idea because the plant was a magnet for spider mites.
In the meantime, I have purchased seeds for a similar variety that only grows to a height of six to eight inches, which would be ideal if the flowers are not tiny also.
The plants are easy to grow and take up hardly any space so I will be growing a lot more canned carnations this winter season.
P.S. The flowers are opening and they smell fantastic! I am going to start another batch to keep the supply going.