Q. What is the best method of handling carnations before they are benched? A. Consensus of several growers: Direct planting of rooted cuttings in the bench is preferred to planting out-of-doors or in bands. Where it is necessary to plant outdoors it is recommended that cut tings be planted in bands placed close together in beds and that the soft well-branched plants be moved into the greenhouse in July. Cuttings planted in the permanent location at the same time as plants planted outdoors have been found to reach essentially the same size by September and although the plants from cuttings were softer they generally cut more flowers.
Source: • New York State Flower Growers Incorporated, Bulletin #102