10 responses to “Dianthus ‘Moondust’”

  1. Anne

    I’m a florist and love to use these because there often aren’t other flowers with the right color.

  2. arlee

    I’m a florist as well, and abhor the dyed varieties, but never thought how this one was produced. Thanks for the information, fascinating.

  3. Mandy Macdonald

    I’m always bemused by the genetic engineering of plants so as to produce colours not found in nature. There are plenty of blue flowers around, indeed nature’s palette is pretty all-embracing, so why do we want blue carnations or roses, pink daffodils, etc.? IMHO, one might as well use artificial flowers to get ‘unnatural’ colours in cut flowers. I’m just relieved that it seems unlikely that the gene pool is not very likely to be contaminated by these cultivars.

  4. Bonnie

    Very interesting article. I would buy them if I could.

  5. Alice

    As to why people want to have flowers of an odd color (blue roses and carnations for example) it is a challenge and man/woman always likes a challenge.

  6. Ron B

    Can’t think of any familiar blue flowers that smell like carnations.

  7. kermit

    Genetic engineering is little different than breeding – why select for any characteristics at all? Our gardens are works of art to some degree, and the very design of a garden itself is unnatural. Simple vegetable beds have a practical purpose, but so does the creation of beauty. The consequences of genetic modifications escaping into the wild are always a consideration, of course, especially with products from certain companies who do not seem to be constrained at all by worries of poisoning the commons. But surely this is really little different from the purchase and distribution of invasive species?

  8. Jo

    I worked in a garden center for many years and have watched things change. There are now many flowers I feel are overly cultivated. We used to laugh at some of them saying, we are waiting for a polka dot variety, it has gotten that bad. Now we are finding specialty garden centers who offer us the “wild” or “natural” flowers we still love. Give me the plain old Ratibida any day.

  9. Susan Gustavson

    Those dyed carnations and orchids are hideous, such phony and unnatural shades. A saying you see about computer generated graphics works here: Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  10. Mrs. Miep Bos

    We The European GMO-free Citizens have written a petition to the Dutch minister of environment because of a renewal of the GM carnation Moonaqua. All those GM carnations have been manipulated so they can withstand a herbicide that also is used as a medicine for diabetic patients. “Indeed, anyone who is pro-science should understand that science is meant to study nature, not to modify it—and certainly not to predict, in the face of strong evidence, the absence of unintended effects.” -Dr Caius Rommens -Creator of GMO potatoes
    independentsciencenews.org/health/hidden-…so we are against it and so are a lot of menbers of EU parlement.

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