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Carnation Mini White Fleurette

The same as its cousin, the mini carnation is part of the dianthus genus and is available in a wide range of colors, from pink, to white, to yellow and purple, each color being associated with its own meaning.

Just like the carnation, mini carnations are one of the easiest flowers to care for. Start by planting these mini’s in an aptly fertilized and well-draining soil. Make sure to also expose them to the sun for several hours a day because they love to soak up the rays. Keep their soil moist without overwatering. You can tell if you overwater the carnation plant because their leaves will turn yellow. Also, when caring for the mini carnation, be careful of ethylene gas because they are very sensitive to it and usually die from too much exposure.

Mini carnations are the more popular choice of this flower family when wanting to send carnations as a potted gift. They grow between 6-8 inches tall, making them a fun and fitting gift for any occasion. Florists also prefer this flower over single stemmed carnations for boutonnieres and corsages, as they are subtle yet classy. The mini carnation is a popular filler flower as well in bouquets because of its multi-bloom stems which give it a fuller appearance.

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

Some Interesting Facts about Carnations

• Carnations express love, fascination and distinction.
• Historically, Carnations are known to have been used for the first time by Greeks and Romans in
• Carnation blooms last a long time even after they are cut.
• Carnation flowers have become symbolic of mother’s love and also of Mother’s Day.

About the Carnation Flower and Plant

The single flowers of the Carnations species, Dianthus have 5 petals and vary from white to pink to purple in color. Border Carnation cultivars may have double flowers with as many as 40 petals.
When grown in gardens, Carnations grow to between 6 and 8.5 cm in diameter. Carnations are bisexual flowers and bloom simply in a forked cluster. The Carnation leaves are narrow and stalk less and their color varies from green to grey-blue or purple. Carnations grow big, full blooms on strong, straight stems.

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.

Growing Carnations

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.
The soil should be deep, friable and sandy loam.

Carnation Plant Care

• Carnations need some hours of full sun each day and should be kept moist.
• Avoid over-watering
• Wilted flowers should be removed promptly to promote continued blooming.
• Those who grow carnations should know the importance of pinching, stopping and disbudding.
• At the time of plucking carnations, leave three to four nodes at the base and remove the stem.
• The plant foliage should not be exposed to the direct heat of a stove or the sun