Perennials & Ornamental Grasses

Multiply feather cloves - 3 simple ways presented


Spring cloves are extremely undemanding plants. It is therefore hardly surprising that multiplication is child's play. These three options show how to do it.

Collecting seeds for easy propagationFeather cloves are wonderful garden plants. Their dense foliage surprises even in winter and the blooms in spring and summer enliven the entire garden. The plant is considered undemanding and easy to care for. No wonder that more and more hobby gardeners are bringing the plant into the garden.

If you still have a few bare spots in the garden and want to make them disappear with feather cloves, you can easily pull little pets out of your existing plants. There are three ways to do this, which we will introduce to you here.


11 Propagation by sowing

If there are already flowering spring carnations in your garden and you do not need to cut them back, they are sown almost naturally. Grains fall from the faded flowers onto the earth and sprout independently. The result is a dense carpet of small shrubs that guarantee the garden an even more magnificent and larger sea of ​​flowers every year.

You can get various seed mixes for spring cloves (available here at Amazon). Mix the seeds with each other or collect seeds from existing plants. Mixing different colored feather carnations brings more variety into your garden.

This is how sowing works

So that you can enjoy the first flowers in spring, you should prefer spring cloves in advance. February is a good time to start sowing.

❶ Cover smaller bowls and pots with a little soil and add the seeds. The grains only need to be covered and moistened with a thin layer of soil.

❷ Protect the bowl with a translucent film so that a higher air humidity and temperature can develop in the bowl.

❸ After about three weeks, the seeds will germinate. From this point on, you should ventilate the small greenhouse in between and remove the cover daily for some time.

❹ As soon as several seedlings have formed and these appear vigorous, you have to separate the seeding and move on individually. Plant them individually in smaller flower pots. The last move to the garden, the flower box or a flower box takes place as soon as there is no longer any fear of night frost.

In summary, sow spring cloves as follows:

  • Fill a small flower pot or bowl with soil
  • Add seeds
  • Cover seeds with a thin layer of soil
  • Moisten the soil and cover the bowl
  • From germination: aerate the bowl daily
  • Repotting larger seedlings
  • Relocation outside after the last night frost

" Tip: If you collect seeds from your existing feather cloves, you can keep them for up to three years. It is only important that the seeds are dried and stored permanently dry and dark.

1. Propagation by sowing
For cuttings, do not sow

22 Propagation by cuttings

Would you like to do without sowing and prefer to further develop your existing plants? Then cuttings are suitable for you.

In autumn, cut shoots from the larger perennials. If possible, choose shoots with a length of up to 10 centimeters and make sure that the shoot has at least three leaf nodes. Underneath a knot, separate the shoot from the plant and remove excess leaves in the lower area.

The cuttings are grown directly in the soil. It is only important that you keep the soil permanently moist, as this is the only way the shoots can develop new roots. You can tell from the cutting itself whether roots are forming. If it continues to sprout, roots have been developed. It takes about three weeks to get there.

So that the young plant can be vigorous, it should first be placed in a larger pot and only later in the garden or on the balcony. The young plants do not tolerate night frost, which is why we recommend you to release them after the Ice Saints.

2. Propagation by cuttings
Make two out of one - feather carnations can be separated very easily

33 Multiplication by division

The last option is the division.

In this case, two individual plants can be made from one plant. When the last flowers have faded, remove a spring carnation from the earth and divide it into two or more individual plants with a knife. Make sure that the sections have their own roots so that they can continue to grow on their own.

All you have to do now is plant the divided spring cloves and water them.

" Tip: If you want a magnificent sea of ​​blossoms in the coming year, shorten the divided plants by a good deal. Up to a third of the planting height is possible.