Dianthus caryophyllus commonly known as the carnation or clove pink, is a species of Dianthus. Carnations have straight stems and can grow approximately 18 inches tall.
Water - Dianthus carophyllus are relatively drought tolerant but they need regular water in spring when their flower buds are forming. During dry spells in summer they may need an extra drink of water.
Light - Although they do best in full sun, carnations are fine with some partial shade. Too much - bright afternoon sun might cause the petals of brightly colored carnations to fade.
Soil - Carnations require excellent drainage and an alkaline soil, also referred to as "sweet" soil. Alkaline soil tends to have slightly higher concentrations of calcium, magnesium, and sodium.