Carnations are perhaps one of the most common flowers that have been lovingly gifted to others for thousands of years. Their 5-petal blooms and strong, firm stems have the amazing ability to turn tears of sadness to joy in seconds. In fact, their botanical name “Dianthus caryophyllus” translates to “flower of the gods” or “flower of love,” so you know this flower has something very special going on.
These fragrant and beautiful flowers have been popular for centuries, going back as far as the days of Jesus Christ. As the story goes, carnations sprung from the ground where the Virgin Mary’s tears landed as she watched Jesus carrying the cross.
Apart from, or perhaps even more tied to, the religious connection, carnations have also been associated with Mother’s Day since the early 20th century and other valuable sentiments.
Carnations generally represent distinction, fascination, and love. However, different colors have come to mean different things. For instance, giving a dark red carnation is indicative of a deep love whereas giving a white one is associated with purity or luck. If you plan on giving carnations as a gift, you may wish to look up the meaning before you make your choice.
The carnation’s many hues, pleasant fragrance, affordability, and durability make it a joy to give and receive. If you’re the lucky benefactor of a gift of carnations, there are a couple of things you’ll want to know to keep them bright and perky.
If you plan on keeping them in a vase, follow the Central Square Florist’s instructions. It usually involves snipping a diagonal stem cut towards the bottom, putting it in water immediately, and adding plant food.
Those wishing to plant them in their garden can benefit from these helpful hints.
- Carnations will need several hours of sunlight, so plant them in the spring or fall and in an area that gets direct sunlight.
- Don’t overwater them. Make sure they are planted in an area with good irrigation or they may yellow.
- Stake taller stalks.
- Learn about pinching, stopping, and disbudding.
Carnations have been one of the world’s most beloved flowers for thousands of years. Understanding their significance and learning how to care for them properly is what will ensure their livelihood and maintain a place in our hearts for years to come.
If you’re looking to buy some carnations for the very special person in your life, look no further than our beautiful selection!