Carnations grow best in bright and sunny places, where they give us many flowers. It is not afraid of winter and is a cold-resistant plant, as it can withstand sub-zero temperatures. On the contrary, the very hot and dry summers bother her. Temperatures above 35 degrees can weaken the plant and dry it out. The carnation prefers rich, fertile soil with good water drainage, as it is sensitive to excessive moisture and its roots can rot. Depending on the type of carnation, we choose the appropriate type of pot and planter.
Carnations have moderate watering needs. During the spring and autumn, we water the carnation twice a week, while in the winter the watering becomes more sparse. During the summer months and in hot conditions, especially when in small pots, the carnation needs more frequent watering, at least every two days, to cope with the very high temperature levels. Because carnations are sensitive to soil moisture, water only after checking that the soil is dry. For tall varieties of carnation, we need pots with a height of at least 30 cm. For the lowest varieties, pots with a depth of 20 cm are sufficient. The carnation needs fertilizer at regular intervals, from the spring period until the end of autumn to ensure vigorous growth and to give us many flowers. For carnations we have planted in the garden, we add 1 tablespoon of complete granular fertilizer every month for lush growth and prolonged flowering.