Plant Care Carnation


4.8 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Carnation has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Carnation has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Border Carnation, Border Carnation, Clove Pink, Gillyflower, Sweet William, Wild Carnation and Clove Golly-flower


Dianthus caryophyllus

How to care for Carnation


How often to water your Carnation

Water needs for Carnation
0.5 cups
every 9

Carnation needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Carnation

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Border Carnation in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Carnation: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Carnation love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Carnation does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Carnation in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Carnation

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Carnation: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Carnation after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Carnation is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Carnation



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Carnation has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Carnation has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Carnation has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Carnation has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Carnation has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
@MarieD20 avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 709 XP
globe Clifton Forge, VA

Easy to take care of. I planted four years ago because my mom loves them

Jill avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 485 XP

beautiful blooms

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
@Esbeydy01 avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 125 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT

So far, I planted the seeds and just waiting for it to bloom…😬😬😬

Fast grower Fast grower
@savannahatkinson avatar
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,094 XP
globe San Jose, CA

Love the look of these leafy carnations! The flowers smell really good and they bloom easily! It doesn’t need that much light, but it loves being misted!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Blackcatthief avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 410 XP
globe Nottingham, England

Gorgeous as both a filler and as cut flowers.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@JferLuvsConifers avatar
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 11,937 XP
globe Greensboro, NC

This was supposed to bloom into miniature carnation flowers. It never did.

@Irinadurlea avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 406 XP
globe București

It loves the sun

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily

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