Carnations are exceptionally hardy and their ruffled and full bloom makes them one of the most versatile fresh flowers.Carnations are also commonly referred to by their scientific name, “Dianthus”, the name given by the Greek botanist Theophrastus. Carnations got the name Dianthus from two Greek Words – “dios”, referring to the god Zeus, and “anthos”, meaning flower. Carnations are thus known as the “The Flowers of God”.
Carnations – Meanings
Another reason why carnations have become popular is because they come in numerous colors and each color of carnation has a different meaning. Some of these meanings are listed below.
Carnations What they Mean
Carnations in general Fascination, Woman’s Love
Pink Carnations Mother’s Love
Light red Carnations Admiration
Dark red Carnations Deep Love and a Woman’s Affection
White Carnations Pure Love and Good Luck
Striped Carnations Regret, Refusal
Green Carnations St. Patrick’s Day
Purple Carnations Capriciousness
Yellow Carnation Disappointment, Dejection
Types of Carnations
Carnation cultivars are mainly of three types:
Large flowered Carnations – one large flower per stem.
Spray Carnations (Mini Carnations) – with lots of smaller flowers.
Dwarf flowered Carnations – several small flowers on one stem.
Carnations grow readily from cuttings made from the suckers that form around the base of the stem, the side shoots of the flowering stem, or the main shoots before they show flower-buds.
The cuttings from the base make the best plants in most cases.
These cuttings may be taken from a plant at any time through fall or winter, rooted in sand and potted up.
They may be put in pots until the planting out time in spring, which is usually in April or in any time when the ground is ready to be handled.
The soil should be deep, friable and sandy loam.