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Carnation Comeback!

written by Marina April 17, 2017

I have a confession to make: I used to be one of those people who wasn’t a huge fan of carnations. When I attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, I was given carnations to learn the basics of designing. We got to practice with them A LOT, but once we moved on to, what I thought, were more fun and exciting flowers, I never looked back. That is, until recently I started noticing them a lot more on Pinterest. Carnations are making a comeback people! Carnations are SUPER resilient and long-lasting. They require little prep work and most importantly, they’re affordable! They’re a great choice for achieving the wedding of your dreams, while staying on a budget. We offer carnations in standard, mini (a spray of small blooms per stem), or a combination of both. I’ve gathered my favorite photos from Pinterest to show the huge potential carnations have! 

FiftyFlowers - Carnations

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Not sure how to care for carnations? Follow the instructions below:

  1. Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps. Do not remove the rubber bands holding the flowers together in a bunch.  If there is plastic wrapping, remove in order to prevent condensation which will lead to rotting.
  2. Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water.
  3. Add floral food to prevent bacteria in the water and give added nutrients to the flowers.
  4. Remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Leaves will mold or rot and cause bacteria to form and shorten the flower’s life.
  5. Using sharp scissors or a knife under running water, cut the stems diagonally approximately one inch from each of the stem’s bottom edge.
  6. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
  7. Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Carnations may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
  8. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
  9. Change water every 24 to 48 hours or when the water becomes cloudy to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.


Check out our wide variety of carnations at FiftyFlowers. My favorites are Hint of Peach, Dusty Pink, Purpleberry and Bella Antique Green! With so many options, you’re sure to find a variety that will go with your color scheme. Interested in how to create faux peonies? Click here to see the step-by-step process!


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