Miniature Carnation

Scientific name : “Dianthus caryophyllus”

Miniature potted carnations or mini carnations as a house plant are fairly new to the market. They are available in a wide selection of colors, including pale yellow, white, salmon, pink and purple. Several of them are quite fragrant.

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Miniature potted carnations or mini carnations as a house plant are fairly new to the market. They are available in a wide selection of colors, including pale yellow, white, salmon, pink and purple. Several of them are quite fragrant. These new mini carnations range in height at a flowering time from 6 to 8 inches. The leaves are regular size, but the stems are very short and the flowers smaller than even the florist’s miniature carnations which are sold as cut flowers. Currently, the two most often available cultivars appear to be the Monarch and the Mini Spice types. January 29th is National Carnation Day in the US. The carnation is also the flower for the month of January. Long-life as a cut flower and good fragrance have made them a favorite with florists. Potted plants of carnations have just started to appear on the market. These mini carnations are true florists type carnations, rather than Dianthus.

Sunlight – Although they do best in full sun, carnations are fine with some partial shade.

Watering – Dianthus carophyllus are relatively drought tolerant but they need regular water in spring when their flower buds are forming.

Plant Care – Carnations like a warm environment, but will wilt in extreme heat. They do best in low humidity. However, an occasional light spritz of cool water during very hot weather may help cool them down a bit.

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