Carnations, scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus, are charming and versatile flowers that have been cultivated for centuries. Native to the Mediterranean region, carnations have become one of the most popular and widely cultivated flowers globally.
Carnations are known for their hardiness and resilience, making them suitable for garden beds, borders, and containers. By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy the beauty of carnations in your garden with relatively low maintenance.
Winter Care of Carnations
In regions with cold winters, providing some winter protection, such as mulching around the base of the plant, can help the carnations survive and thrive in the following growing season.
Do Carnations Get Pests and Diseases?
Carnations can be susceptible to common garden pests like aphids and spider mites. Regularly inspect the plants for signs of infestation and take appropriate measures, such as using insecticidal soap. Good air circulation and proper spacing can help prevent fungal diseases.
What are natural fungal treatments?
Organic flower growers are known to use baking soda spray as a natural way to get rid of fungus. Some growers use Neem oil spray, Garlic spray, Copper spray, and even compost Tea spray. Below are some of the recipes for natural fungal treatments used by some growers.
- Neem Oil:
- Neem oil is a natural fungicide and insecticide. It can help control various fungal diseases, including black spot and powdery mildew.
- Mix neem oil with water according to the instructions on the product and spray it on the rose foliage, covering both sides of the leaves.
- Baking Soda Solution:
- Baking soda has fungicidal properties and can be effective against powdery mildew.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of horticultural oil, and a few drops of dish soap in a gallon of water. Spray the solution on the roses, focusing on affected areas.
- Garlic Spray:
- Garlic has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties.
- Crush a few garlic cloves and steep them in hot water. Once cooled, strain the solution and spray it on the roses. This can help prevent and control fungal diseases.
- Copper Spray:
- Copper is a natural fungicide that can be effective against various fungal diseases.
- Use copper-based fungicide sprays, following the product instructions carefully. Copper treatments are often applied during the dormant season.
- Compost Tea:
- Compost tea can enhance the overall health of the rose plant and improve its resistance to diseases.
- Brew compost tea by soaking compost in water. Strain the liquid and use it as a foliar spray on the roses.
Carnations prefer well-draining soil with a slightly alkaline pH. Amending the soil with organic matter, such as compost, can enhance its fertility and drainage.
What is the Spiritual Meaning of Carnations?
Carnations, particularly red ones, are commonly associated with love and deep affection. They can symbolize romantic love, admiration, and devotion. In this sense, carnations may carry a spiritual message of profound love and commitment.
White carnations are often linked to purity, innocence, and good luck. They are commonly used in religious ceremonies and spiritual rituals to represent pure love and divine blessings.
Crochet Carnation Flower
When Do Carnations Flower?
A crochet carnation flower all year around. However, a real carnation’s season of flower is usually during the spring and summer months.
Crochet Carnations Flower Bouquet
Stiffen the crochet petals to get this dramatic look. There are several ways to stiffen crochet petals. Below is a quick how to guide.
- Commercial fabric starch or homemade starch solutions can be used to stiffen crochet pieces. To make a homemade starch solution, mix equal parts cornstarch and cold water. Heat the mixture on the stove, stirring continuously until it thickens. Allow it to cool before using.
- Dip the crochet piece into the starch solution or spray it evenly with a starch spray. Shape the piece as desired and let it air dry. Repeat the process for additional stiffness.
- White Glue (PVA Glue) Mixture:
- Mix white glue (PVA glue) with water in equal parts to create a solution. Dip or brush the crochet piece with the glue mixture, ensuring even coverage.
- Shape the piece and let it dry completely. The glue will harden as it dries, providing stiffness to the crochet item.
- Sugar Water Solution:
- Create a sugar water solution by dissolving sugar in warm water. Use approximately 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Dip or spray the crochet piece with the sugar water solution. Shape it as needed and allow it to dry thoroughly.
- Cornstarch and Water Paste:
- Mix cornstarch with water to create a paste. Use a 1:1 ratio or adjust as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
- Apply the paste to the crochet item, shaping it as desired. Allow it to dry completely.
- Mod Podge:
- Mod Podge is a versatile sealer, glue, and finish that can be used to stiffen crochet pieces. Apply Mod Podge with a brush, making sure to cover the entire surface.
- Shape the crochet piece and allow it to dry. Mod Podge dries clear and adds a protective coating.
- Block and Pin:
- For more delicate items, such as lace doilies, blocking and pinning can be an effective way to stiffen them. Soak the crochet piece in water, gently squeeze out excess water, and shape it on a blocking board. Pin it into place and let it air dry.
Before applying any stiffening agent to your crochet piece, it’s advisable to test a small, inconspicuous area to ensure that the method won’t damage or discolor the yarn or thread used. Additionally, follow the care instructions for the specific stiffening agent you choose.