These multi-bloom sprays of small Carnations have 3 to 7 flowers per stem with blossoms of about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter when fully open. Mini-Carnations have a sweet fragrance and come in many color varieties including white, pink, red, yellow, orange, salmon, and bi-color.
Species: Dianthus caryophyllus
Origin: Native from Southern Europe to India.
Symbolizes: Carnation symbolize many things depending on the color: red for love and affection, white symbolizes pure love and good luck, and a pink Carnation the symbol of a Mother's undying love.
Also Known As: Miniature Carnation, Minicarn, Minis
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3 C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 7 to 21 days depending on the variety, anti-ethylene treatments, and use of flower food.
What to Look for When Purchasing
At least one flower per stem should show color at the time of purchase. Look for ethylene damage (wilted and discolored flowers), and damage from insects and diseases.
Performs well but be sure to cut stems between nodes.
Mini Carnations are as hardy as their Carnation counterparts. Used most often as a filler flower Mini Carnations offer color and texture to compliment any color pallet. The wide range of colors and the versatility of the Carnation makes it a popular flower in floral design. Mini Carnations are good for adding mass to any arrangement. Small buds and blossoms are popular for weddings, baby showers and corsage work.
Highly sensitive to ethylene. Ethylene accelerates petal wilting (sleepiness). Should be treated with an anti-ethylene product.
Pest & Disease Information
Flowers get infected with botrytis often. Use anti-botrytis products.
Premature petal wilting and discoloration due to no or incorrect use of anti-ethylene products. Botrytis damage on flowers. Stems can sometimes break easily at the nodes.
For optimal care of Carnation (Mini), please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.