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Carnation Flowers & Bouquets

By sending a loved one a carnation bouquet, you can communicate just how important they are to you. Send a meaningful message today with one of our stunning floral arrangement featuring carnation flowers!

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Carnation FAQs

What does a carnation symbolize?

Carnations are a beautiful way to communicate love, admiration, and affection. They’re also a great way to commemorate a special event, like a birthday or wedding. But certain colors have their own meanings too! Red carnations symbolize love and passion, as well as solidarity with workers’ movements. Light red carnations represent admiration and excitement, and pink carnations are a representation of parental love — added to a mixed bouquet, they make the perfect delivery for a child living away from home. On the other hand, white carnations are a classic symbol of good luck. When paired with daisies or sunflowers, they make for the perfect spring bouquet for baby showers, birthdays, or outdoor weddings.

How long do carnations live?

If carnations are cut and kept in a vase, they can last two to three weeks. Using distilled water with low to no mineral content is the ideal way to keep the flowers looking fresh and vibrant Be sure that every few days you change out the water, and feel free to mix in some flower food to help keep your carnations bouquet lively for longer.

What kind of weather do carnations do best in?

Carnations are native to the Mediterranean, where wild carnations grow in Spain, Greece, Italy, and Croatia. Similarly to many types of iris flower, if you’re planting carnations, environments with minimal exposure to cold temperatures are ideal. However, if you’re ordering a bouquet, you’re probably keeping them indoors. In that case, plenty of fresh distilled water and sunlight are the ideal way to keep your bouquet of carnations looking vibrant. For a beautiful bouquet of long-lasting flowers that are sure to please, consider arrangements that pair carnations with hydrangeas. Whether carnations are the right way to send your message or long-stem roses are more your speed, FTD makes flower delivery quick and easy for any occasion.