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How To Grow Carnations From Cut Flowers? [2024 Guide]

A Bouquet of Carnations symbolizes love and fascination. And nothing is better than bringing them back to life or when you grow them from cut flowers.

Generally, there are multiple methods of growing  Carnations, including cut flowers. To propagate Carnation using cut flowers, dip the lower nodes of cutting into a rooting hormone and plant on a well-draining potting mix. The root will form in 3 to 4 weeks.

In a proper environment, your Carnation cut flower will take about 4-6 weeks from planting to bloom.

So, if you have got a Carnation bouquet as a gift, go through this entire article to grow a new carnation plant instead of throwing it away.

How To Grow Carnations?

Carnations can propagate easily using several methods like seedlings, seeds, cut flowers, layering, division, and many more.

To grow carnations from seeds, deadhead the spent flowers to get the mature seeds. And sow them in the well-draining potting mix.

You can start the Carnations seeds indoors and transplant them outdoors after germination. The seeds will germinate within 2-3 weeks in the moist soil and proper environment.

Growing Carnation from cut flowers
Never dip the cutting over 2 inches in the water while propagating Carnations from the cut flowers.

Similarly, for propagation by layering, wound the lower stem, dust it with the rooting hormone and cover the wound with soil.

Then, separate the stem and transplant it as a single plant after the root starts to grow from that wounded stem.

Likewise, for propagation by root division, dig your carnation plant, ensuring there is no root damage until you see the clumps.

Then, divide the clumps and plant them as single plants separately in the same depth as they were before.

Nevertheless, there are other methods, such as propagation by stem cuttings where you dip 4-5 inch stem cutting in rooting hormone.

Then, plant the cutting in peat moss or perlite, keeping the rooting medium moist. The stem will root in 3-4 weeks.

Among all methods, propagating by stem cuttings is the easiest and most successful method.

How To Grow Carnations From Cut Flowers?

To grow Carnations from cut flowers, you must choose healthy and long cuttings where the flowers haven’t bloomed yet.

Additionally, get the good rooting hormone and always place the cuttings in distilled or filtered water rather than tap water.

Also, use well-draining, porous, alkaline soil with a pH of 6.7 to 6.9, rich in organic matter.

  • Cut the cut flower’s stem at a 45-degree angle with a sharp and sterilized tool to increase the area.
  • Exposing the nodes, removing the lower leaves, and dipping the Carnations cuttings into a rooting hormone to encourage rooting.
  • Place the cutting into the water until the roots start to form but ensure not to dip more than 2 inches.
  • Otherwise, fill the sandy potting soil mixed with organic compost in a terracotta container with enough drainage holes.
  • Then, make a hole into a potting soil using a pencil or finger and plant the cutting covering lower nodes with soil.
  • Keep the soil moist but not overly soggy to avoid stem rot. And cover the pot with a plastic wrapper to maintain humidity.
  • Wait patiently, as it may take 3-4 weeks for a cut flower to grow its roots and develop into a new Carnation plant.

From Editorial Team


Growing carnations from cut flowers is one of the unique and challenging methods where there is a low success rate.

Moreover, growing through stem cuttings or division is much more reliable and easier than propagation from cut flowers.

If you wish to use the gifted bouquet, it’s better to plant it in hardiness zone 5 to 9 from April to May.

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