Carnation Seeds - Dianthus Caryophyllus Grenadin King of the Blacks Flower Seed

Carnation Seeds - King of Blacks

Flower Specifications

Season: Biennial

USDA Zones: 5 - 10

Height: 18 - 24 inches

Bloom Season: Summer

Bloom Color: Purple

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.0 - 7.5

Deer Resistant: Yes

House Plant: No

Latin Name: Dianthus Caryophyllus

Planting Directions

Temperature: 65 - 70F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days

Light Required: No

Depth: Cover thickness of seed

Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 - 18 inches

Carnation (Dianthus Caryophyllus Grenadin King of Blacks)- Grown from Carnation seeds, this is an heirloom Dianthus flower found in many home gardens which is often used for a cut flower. King of Blacks is the darkest of a reddish purple color and has the appearance of black velvet with a blue-gray foliage.

Attracts pollinators

Easy to grow from flower seed and wonderfully colored and sweetly scented attracting bees and butterflies. Dianthus Caryophyllus Grenadin Carnations have been a favorite of gardeners for generations.

black carnation flowers

Carnation seed | King of Blacks

How to grow

How To Grow Carnation From Seed: Hardy in zones 5 - 10 as a biennial or annual in zones 4 or colder. Sow Dianthus flower seeds in trays using starter mix 6 weeks before last frost. Cover only to the thickness of the flower seed. Bottom water to keep the seeds moist. Carnation seeds germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.

Pinch out the growing tips in the seedling tray when the plants are 2 - 3 inches in height. This encourages bushy growth. Transplant Dianthus plants outdoors after last frost. Deadhead spent Carnation flowers to prolong bloom time.

  • Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Depth: Cover thickness of the seed
carnation king of blacks

Flower Specifications

King of the Blacks Carnation is a dark reddish purple color that is becoming the rave across the country. This Grenadin Carnation flower makes a dramatic statement to any cut flower arrangement. The strong stemmed plants are bushy and grow to approximately 24 inches, bearing lots of medium size, rich colored, spicy scented blooms.

  • Height: 18 - 24 inches
  • USDA Zones: 5 - 10
  • Season: Biennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes