The Garden Community for Garden Lovers


United Kingdom Gb

how to prune



I grow pinks and I don't think there is any need to prune them - just remove the flowering stalks when the flowers have finished.

16 Jul, 2008


You dont prune Carnations I grow and show long stem Carnations and you can grow all Carnations readily from cuttings made of the suckers that form around the base of the stem, the side shoots of the flowering stem, or the main shoots before they show flower-buds. The cuttings from the base make the best plants in most cases. These cuttings may be taken from a plant at any time through the autumn or winter, rooted in sand and potted up, to be held in pots until the planting out time in the spring, usually in April, or any time when the ground is ready to handle. Care should be taken to pinch out the tops of the young plants while growing in the pot, and later while in the ground, causing them to grow stocky and send out new growths along the stem. The young plants should be grown cool, a temperature of 45° suiting them well. Attention should be given to spraying the cuttings each day while in the house to keep down the red spider, which is very partial to the carnation.

17 Jul, 2008

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?