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Like its cousin the carnation, the Mini Carnation (or Spray Carnation) is a flower that has been loved and cherished for years and is still a favorite today. 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.
Here are some interesting facts about carnations:
- The largest carnation producer in the world is Columbia.
- Carnations are the formal flower for those with January birthdays.
- Carnations cannot naturally produce blue petals. This has to be done through plant breeding.
- This flower was often a favorite to be used in Greek ceremonial crowns.
- The state flower of Ohio is the scarlet carnation.