Disbudding, which was practiced by few fifteen years ago, is now universally done by all growers. It seems a great labor, but when the expense is spread over every hundred carnations you pick, the cost is extremely small, and more than that, it is now an absolute necessity. Disbudding should be done every week. The buds develop very quickly, and they should be rubbed off when quite small, not left on till they are almost showing color, or disbudding will be of little avail. The object of disbudding is to have only one bud receive the whole strength of the shoot. If you allow two or three buds to share its strength till they are nearly full size you have done little good to the flower which is to remain.