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Guide to Carnations
05Sep 2014

Guide to Carnations

This flower’s legend says that is sprung from the tears of Mary which dropped on earth, while she was watching Jesus being carried to the cross. Even today carnations are popular in plenty of ceremonies and special occasions. These beautiful flowers have various meanings and rich symbolism – the pink one, for example, represents a mother’s true love for the child and this type of carnation is a symbolic flower for Mother’s Day. Carnations are native to India, Japan and southern Europe, and it is believed that where there are carnations, there is also divinity. Carnations symbolize pure love and holiness and they are favoured for both weddings and funerals.

The Flower

Carnations have been cultivated for over 2000 years in Europe and Asia. The name comes from Greek, from the word “coronation” which refers to the special garlands worn by the Greeks in numerous ceremonial events. Carnations are also called “flowers of Gods” and “flowers of love”. The Carnation was chosen as an official flower by the state of Ohio. In arts, Leonardo da Vinci made the religious symbol of the flower immortal by drawing it in his painting “The Madonna with the Carnation” presenting Virgin Mary who is weeping.

Anna Marie Jarvis was the woman who started the commemoration of Mother’s Day. She chose carnations to pay tribute to her own mother, and so these flowers remained the symbol of this day all over the world. Carnation flowers are also edible plants. Their petals are used for the liqueur Chartreuse, as well as for flavour in salads and for decorating cakes.

Tips for Carnation Flowers Garden

Choosing carnations for your flower garden, you should know that you have three ways to plant them: as borders, in flowerbeds or rock gardens. Carnations seem relatively easy to plant and grow, but consider these factors:

• Carnations love sun. Give them enough sunlight exposure every day and you can expect great results.
• Don’t water them too much if the climate is mild. However, during the hottest days of summer, water them once or twice a week. Don’t splash the flowers with water, but try to spray them.
• The perfect soil for carnation flowers is alkaline, fertile and well-drained. If you choose and prepare the soil properly, the grown flowers will be beautiful and you will have great production.
• If you want to grow tall carnations, they will eventually require some support to keep their stems up. Use wooden sticks to keep them straight up.
• Carnations grow to medium tall flowers, so for a really pretty and neat garden, plant them as borders or edging.
• Carnation flowers bloom throughout spring and summer and they even survive mild frost in the colder months.
• You can plant the seeds in a pot indoors and then move it to the garden, or plant them directly outdoors.
• Carnations are popular flowers for weddings, funerals, Mother’s Day and other occasions. They are used for bouquets, decorations, floral arrangements, in corsages and boutonnieres. Their blooms last a long time, so if you manage to grow beautiful carnations in your garden, you might as well sell them or create arrangements for sale.
• You can plant carnations in various colours: white, red, yellow, pink and orange.
• There are more than 300 existing species of Carnations and lots of hybrids, but the most popular ones are easy to grow and are among the most popular and sought after by customers flowers today.