Carnation seed question

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

I am looking for a source for the old fashioned, larger, fragrant carnations. anyone have any recommendations?
thank you

Büllingen, Belgium(Zone 6b)

Karen, I have seeds of Dianthus turkestanicus, it's very fragrant. Only I'm not sure it will grow in your zone 9a.
Here it grows very fast and forms big clumps.

Jonna

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

thanks, will head over to your site !


does not look like these will do well in my zone. thanks

This message was edited Jan 4, 2011 7:44 PM

Nutley, NJ(Zone 6b)

Did you review Rand B. Lee’s Dianthus Retail Plant & Seed Sources List which is posted here?
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1135154/

In an attachment, there are also some eBay sellers you might want to look.

Mike

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

thank you so very much for the link. i am so new to gardening and there is so much info sometimes i am overwhelmed trying to find things. this is greatly appreciated

Nutley, NJ(Zone 6b)

After I made the last post, I discovered that several of Dianthus websites have become inoperative since I created the Dianthus list in the Fall of 2010. I will review the list and flag anything which is not working. I recently purchased the book “Carnations and Pinks For Garden and Greenhouse: Their True History and Complete Cultivation”, by John Galbally with Eileen Galbally, which has a list of Dianthus sellers which I will review for any new sources. Unfortunately many small plant sellers are struggling with the current economy.

If you have a specific named carnation in mind, try searching the DG Plant Scout to see if anyone may have the plant:
http://davesgarden.com/products/ps/
http://davesgarden.com/products/ps/search.php?search_text=carnation
http://davesgarden.com/products/ps/search.php?search_text=dianthus

Mike

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

unfortunately i dont know enough to ask for a specific kind. i just remember the wonderful smelling carnations of my childhood and would like to plant some to enjoy in my old age. thank you very much for all your help, and i am going to look for the book you mentioned.

Nutley, NJ(Zone 6b)

The book is available at Amazon but if you access it through the Garden Bookworm link to Amazon you will help support Dave’s Garden.

“Carnations and Pinks For Garden and Greenhouse: Their True History and Complete Cultivation”, by John Galbally with Eileen Galbally
http://davesgarden.com/products/gbw/c/1000/
When I get a chance I will write a review.

There are many free information sources about Dianthus in the Internet. Here is one of my earlier posts on the subject. These books are not nearly as easy to read as the one by the Galbally’s.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7216029

Mike

Merced, CA(Zone 9a)

I have successfully grown a number of plants, including Dianthus, that were labeled zone 8, even though I live in zone 9a. The trick for me has been to give those plants a site that gets just a little shade in the hotest part of the afternoon, and to keep a close eye on how much water they get. I may be wrong, but I think it's the heat that is the biggest killer for these zone 8 plants.

Nutley, NJ(Zone 6b)

I located an English Dianthus plant and seed seller by the name of Allwoods which has the largest collection of Dianthus I have ever encountered. At me request Allwoods has been added to the GWD. They even have some Carnations I have been looking for.

Company: Allwoods
Location: London Road, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9NB England
No. Items: Very large list of Dianthus.
Offering: Dianthus Plants & Seeds, both Pinks & Carnations.
Comment: Largest retail growers of Pinks & Carnations in the world!
Website: http://www.allwoods.net/
Catalog: http://www.allwoods.net/acatalog/Printed_Catalogues.html
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/7882/

Note: Unfortunately for those in North America, Allwoods only ship to locations within the UK and EU. Unless you have a friend in the UK or the EU, who is willing to drop ship on your behalf, you will be out of luck. The Dianthus list is still fantastic and should be reviewed on the chance that the same Dianthus can be obtained from other sources.

I added this seller to the Rand B. Lee’s Dianthus Retail Plant & Seed Sources List:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1135154/

Mike


This message was edited May 21, 2011 9:45 AM

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

thanks

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