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How to Root Carnations


You will need: Secateurs, Rooting Gel, Rooting Powder, Pots, Cuttings Compost

Carnations and their close relatives, Garden Pinks, are wonderful in the summer garden with their spicy, sweet clove fragrance. They can be can be rooted from cuttings taken from growth shoots.

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Step 1

Step 1 of How to Root Carnations

Take a growth shoot, cut the base underneath a leaf joint (node) and remove the leaves from the lower third of the cutting. This rooting gel contains moisture to keep the cutting alive and rooting hormone to help it produce roots.

Step 2

Step 2 of How to Root Carnations

If the cuttings are small, you can put two into each cell quite easily.

Step 3

Step 3 of How to Root Carnations

Alternatively, dip the very base of each cutting in rooting powder and insert into a pot of fresh, sterile cuttings compost. They are only in this pot until they root, so you can put several into one pot.

Step 4

Step 4 of How to Root Carnations

Place on a well-lit windowsill, out of direct sunlight. Once rooted, they can be potted individually. There is no need to wash off the gel, if that is what you used.

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