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PlantFiles: Carnation
Dianthus caryophyllus 'Solar'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: caryophyllus (kar-ee-oh-FIL-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Solar
Additional cultivar information: (PP8664)
Hybridized by Desclaux; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LizaR On Nov 28, 2014, LizaR from Gap, PA wrote:

Carnations are easier than I thought to grow from seed. I live in Zone 6 and as long as they have some afternoon shade they seem to thrive well. Another plus to them is they also make a great cut flower.
I usually start mine indoors in February and move them outdoors end of April. They do need to be hardened off before planting and the seeds kept do need stratified before planted the following year.
I usually get first year blooms, but the second and third years result in much higher bloom counts. For those established outside they do need to be mulched well and have good drainage to be overwintered.
I love the Chabaud variety as they are not to tall and come in a large variety of colors. This variety also does well indoors in containers. I found "Solar" to be a particularly eye catching and beautiful carnation.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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