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Blue Moon SeriesTM Carnations

Botanical name: Dianthus carophyllus
Plant size: 1.2m tall x 30cm wide. The Spray Carntion (Moon Shadow) is
shorter, growing to approx 1m tall.
Spacing: Space 30cm or more apart.
Soil: It is imperative that these Carnations be planted in a soil with
excellent drainage (preferably in raised beds) and, ideally, with a pH of
between 6.5 and 7.
Aspect: For best results, situate where the plants will receive full sun.
Climate: In the cool to temperate climates these carnations are simple to
grow. They will grow in NSW and QLD although in these warmer areas they
will not flower as readily in Summer.
Frost: Hardy.
Flowers: The biggest flushes of flowers are in Spring and Summer but they
will also flower spasmodically over Winter and Autumn (depending on when
the plants are pruned). Usually these plants will start flowering
approximately 3 months from the date of planting.
Pruning: These plants will benefit from an annual cut back (to approx 20cm
from ground level) after which they will start flowering again in approx 3
months. In cool to temperate climates pruning is ideally done in late
Winter. In warmer climates you might like to cut the plant back earlier
(Aut) to remove any foliage which grows too tall over Summer.
Watering: Keep the soil moist (but not soggy).
Fertiliser: These plants require generous amounts of food to keep up their
continuous parade of flowers. It is ideal to incorporate organic matter
and slow release fertiliser into the soil prior to planting. An additional
annual feed with a general fertiliser in late Winter to early Spring is
also recommended.
Issues: Rust may become a problem. If it does, the plants can be treated
by Plant Vax or Baycor which are usually available from garden centres.
Staking: These Carnations are tall and generally require staking. In the
garden this is as simple as placing one stake either side of the plant
(about 30cm apart) and tying string (or garden tie) around the plant and
the stakes. As the plant grows taller simply add more string further up the
stakes.

Last Reviewed: 13/02/2004 11:30:32 AM
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