[gardeners] Carnations

Deb Fisher (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 16:48:44 -0400

I have a garden full of carnation this year, from seeds I started last
year.  They are just gorgeous, all different kinds, all different colors.
My question is, how to preserve them best as cut flowers.  Mine seem to
wilt within hours, in a vase, and I know the ones you buy at florists seem
to last for weeks.  Is there any special technique peculiar to garden grown
carnations that would make them a bit more long lived in a vase?