Carnations: The flowers of God

green ball

Scientific name: Dianthus

The carnation is not like the flowers your Mom and Grandmother used to purchase. Sure the “Green Ball” has the same family traits; like it is long lasting, sturdy and reasonably priced. This Dianthus is funky, different and has attitude. You will find it in many original designs, because of its versatility, and the fact that it is the “floral neutral”.

The Carnation has a long and interesting history. It originates  from an Old Italian word meaning complexion. The earliest carnations bore flesh-coloured flowers, which gave rise to the name.

Carnations got the name Dianthus from two Greek Words – “Dios”, referring to the god Zeus, and “anthos”, meaning flower. Carnations are thus “The Flowers of God.”

Carnations are flowers appreciated for their ruffled appearance, clove-like scent and extended blooming period.

Carnations come in a variety in colours, each one with a different meaning:

  • Pink: Mother’s love
  • Light Red: Admiration
  • Dark Red: Deep Love and Woman’s Affection
  • White: Pure love and good luck
  • Striped: Regret, refusal
  • Green: St. Patrick’s Day
  • Purple: Capriciousness
  • Yellow: Disappointment, dejection

Hundreds of varieties of spray carnations are available in virtually every color in the spectrum—except blue, which is the holy grail of some breeders—as well as bi-colors and fleck cultivars. These flowers can be dyed or tinted to increase the already abundant color choices.

Before you start to design an original arrangement follow the care and handling tips to increase the life of your flowers.

Care and Handling:

  • Remove any leaves that will be immersed in water.
  • Cut the bottom 1/2 inch off each stem at an angle using a sharp knife. (Do not use scissors as they can crush flower stems and prevent proper hydration, thus shortening the life of the flower.)
  • Make sure to use a clean vase.
  • Mix one liter of lukewarm water with the package of Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flower Food (provided with your flowers)
  • Be sure to measure carefully when adding food into the water as the proper quantities both feed the flower and inhibit bacteria growth.
  • Do not place flowers near heat, extreme cold, drafts, smoke fumes or in direct sunlight.
  • Water quality makes a big difference. Do not use softened water as it may reduce the life of the flowers. Use regular drinking water and if the water becomes cloudy, change it, add additional flower food and re-cut the flowers.

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  5. I love carnations, they’re also the flower for the month of January, which is when I was born.
    Unfortunately, they won’t grow here in our hot, humid climate…but the smaller dianthus (pinks) do! 🙂 ~ Marsha


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