Turkish carnation is widespread in our flower gardens, not only because of its original and bright colors. She pleases beginner gardeners with her unpretentiousness. Indeed, it is very easy to grow Turkish cloves, even a beginner can handle it. And the result will be overwhelming.
Turkish carnation (Dianthus barbatus) - a species of biennial herbaceous plants from the genus Carnation (Dianthus).
A bush of Turkish carnation reaches 50 cm, and each stem is crowned with a luxurious umbrella, consisting of tightly planted flowers 1.5-2 cm in diameter.
It would seem that nature highlighted cloves with only 3 colors - white, pink and dark red. But how talentedly used cloves! The color can be one-, two- and three-color, the most diverse due to the bizarre pattern of speckles and dashes. Each inflorescence seems to be unique.
White flowers can be decorated with a burgundy asterisk in the middle, and dark red petals unexpectedly end with a white border. Plain bouquets from maroon, almost black carnations look very impressive.
Growing Turkish Carnation from Seeds
Turkish carnation - a biennial plant, blooms in the second year. Cloves can propagate by self-seeding and cuttings.
Seeds are sown in the ground in May-June. In August, plants are planted in a permanent place with an interval of 20 cm from each other.
Cloves are unpretentious, but still choose a sunny or semi-shaded place. By autumn, these will be already formed bushes.
Caring for Turkish Carnation
To prevent the mouse from destroying the cloves in the winter under snow, cover the bushes with coniferous spruce branches in the fall. Lapnik also retains snow, providing the plant with the necessary moisture.
Flowering will begin in the second year in June and will last 1-1.5 months.
Turkish carnation looks great in flower beds and does not fade for a long time in a cut. Bouquets of carnations will decorate your interior and fill the house with a delicate aroma.