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To help the average gardener attain the perfect bloom when growing carnations, this book offers information on suitable types of soil and situations, watering, feeding, staking, pests and sprays, stopping, disbudding, cuttings, layering, potting ... Included is information on solarisation (an easy method of soil sterilisation for the home gardener) and advice on what to look for when buying plants.

There is a description of named varieties. A section on showing your carnations explains show points, with advice on prolonging vase life, and when and how to pick your blooms. There is also a brief history of the carnation and how it developed into the second most popular flower in the world today.

Softcover - 80 pages

Published 1988

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