Carnations, scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus, are classic and versatile cut flowers that have been cultivated for centuries. They belong to the family Caryophyllaceae and are native to the Mediterranean region. Carnations are often referred to as "the flower of the gods" or "the flower of love" due to their rich history and symbolism.
Carnations come in a wide range of colors, including white, pink, red, yellow, purple, and bicolor variations. They are known for their ruffled petals and sweet fragrance, which can vary depending on the cultivar. The scent of carnations is often described as spicy, clove-like, or floral. The aromatic quality of carnations adds an extra dimension to floral arrangements and makes them popular choices for perfumes and potpourris.
One of the fascinating aspects of carnations is their seasonal availability. While they are widely grown in greenhouses and can be found year-round, they have traditional associations with certain months. In many cultures, carnations are considered the birth flower for January and are often associated with Mother's Day and weddings. They are also commonly used in floral designs for Valentine's Day and other special occasions.
Carnations are cultivated in various regions around the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Americas. They are appreciated for their long vase life, durability, and versatility in different floral arrangements. Florists often use carnations in mixed bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and as fillers in larger arrangements. With their diverse colors and elegant appearance, carnations can complement a wide range of design styles, from classic and romantic to modern and minimalist.
Caring for carnations is relatively simple. It is essential to trim the stems and change the water regularly to prolong their freshness. Carnations prefer cool temperatures and can benefit from placing them in a cool location or using floral preservatives in the water. With proper care, carnations can last up to two weeks, making them an excellent choice for long-lasting floral displays.
One amusing anecdote about carnations is their association with a particular cultural tradition. In some countries, wearing a carnation on the lapel is believed to convey different meanings depending on the side it is worn. For example, wearing a carnation on the left side symbolizes love and admiration, while wearing it on the right side suggests a person is unavailable or uninterested. This tradition adds a touch of intrigue and playfulness to the use of carnations in personal adornment.
We sell carnations either as single stems, one head per stem. Or as spray carnations with many heads per stem.