How to Cut Carnation Flowers


Gardeners growing carnations in a home garden for use in floral arrangements must find a sunny location for these beautiful, showy flowers. With careful maintenance and attention to detail, the carnations will begin to bloom in a flower garden all through the summer months. When the carnations begin to bloom, by removing the blossoms as they fade and cutting other blossoms for use in arrangements, the carnation plants will continue to bloom and stay healthy.

Step 1

Monitor the carnation plants as they bloom to encourage the plants to bloom for as long as possible. Use the garden shears to remove the spent blossoms as soon as they fade. This will keep the carnation plants blooming for as long as possible.

Step 2

Cut the desired carnation stems for floral arrangements using the garden shears. It is important that at least three leaf nodes remain at the base of the stems for the plant to continue blooming. A leaf node is the point along the stem where the stem swells for a leaf to grow from the stem. Cut just above a leaf node to remove a carnation and stem.

Step 3

Remove all leaves from the stems that will be under the water level when the carnations are in a vase. Cut the bottom inch from the ends of the carnation stems at a 45-degree angle and place the cut carnations into a vase of cold water immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Vase
  • Cold water


  • Carnations
  • Caring For Carnations
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributer to Natural News. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and computer user. She is interested in natural health and hopes to direct her focus toward earning an RN degree.