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
Registered or introduced: 1992

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Coral/Apricot

Orange

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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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... read more