Pink Carnation - A Guide to Pink Carnations

Pink Carnation

It is the first flower you think of whenever you want to offer a really nice bouquet to your teacher, mother or wife. It is the most popular flower in the history. It breaths inspiration, love, innocence and purity – it’s the pink carnation!

Pink Carnation Description

  • Family: Caryophyllaceae
  • Origin: The origins of carnations can be traced back to the Mediterranean lands where they were discovered by the Greek Botanist, Theophrastus. Carnations are scientifically known by the name of “dianthus” – a derivative from the two Greek words “Dios” (meaning Zeus) and “anthos” (flower). Thus, they can be referred to as “Flowers of God”.
  • Sun exposure: Pink carnations can be both fully exposed to the sun, but they can also live in dim light.
  • Height: Pink carnations grow from 4 to 24 inches.
  • Soil: The soil in which pink carnations grow should be well- drained, preferably light and fertile.
  • Leaves: In shape they are narrow and they have green and blue reflections.
  • Blooming time: Although we can easily find carnations all year long, their actual blooming period is considered to be from mid summer to early fall.
  • Maintenance: Carnations should be watered moderately and should be kept in the sun for a few hours for a healthy and proper growth.
  • Propagation method: You have three ways in which you can propagate your carnations – through planting seeds, by cuttings and by division.

Pink Carnation Species

The light, spray and dwarf carnations are the three types of pink carnations. The light are the regular ones, with one big flower on top of the stem, the spray are the ones which have more smaller flowers and the dwarf ones are those which have on one stem several flowers.

Pink Carnation Meaning

You should know that pink carnations have a very special meaning – that is, they spread through their soft color and spicy scent, “Mother’s Love”. Therefore, they have been granted the title of being the Official Flower for Mother’s Day. So, keep this in mind for next year, when Mother’s Day comes knocking at your door and you will have no problem with a large round bouquet of pink carnations.

Pink Carnations Arrangements

You can find pink carnation arrangements in baskets, mixed up with Pink Matsumoto asters and white alstroemeria or pompon buttons. You can also find them in silk corsages on a bed of greens tight up with a big white bow. The fact is that pink carnations are quite indispensible in any arrangement and used alongside other colors such as white, ivory, pale pink, dark pink or purple. Pink carnation arrangements may turn out to be quite elegant in a very classy way.

Pink Carnation Bouquets

Pink carnation bouquets are mostly built round. They can be easily combined with cream roses, pink snapdragons lily grass, Italian ruscus and plumosus.

Pink Carnations in Gardens

What you need to know about carnations is that they are not very hard to maintain. Weekly watering, warm air and a little liquid fertilizer should do the trick and keep them fresh for a long time.

Also, when grown in gardens, pink carnations may be placed next to other types of carnations or, even better, to pinks.


After cutting, the pink carnation should be given space in order to fully open. For this to happen, the flower itself should be kept in a warm place for at least 12h.

Also, the leaves at the bottom of the flower should be stripped and the stem should be cut at the bottom under running water. This way, the carnation will receive a larger quantity of water. The stems should be cut twice a week and the flowers should be kept in cold water in order to have a fresh aspect for at least one week and a half.

Pink carnations are so appreciated mostly due to their long lasting blooming flower. The pink carnation is one of the most used flower in bouquets, corsages or arrangements, as it remains fresh and lively for a very long period of time and you can enjoy its beauty and fresh scent, whether it is placed in a vase or seeded in your garden.