Grow your own bouquets this summer!
As most of you know, the Flower Farm was originally established in 1993 to grow flowers for cutting and drying. Over the years, as our business evolved and priorities changed, we stopped the field production (2001) and limited the sale of transplants to custom orders (2012). Over the last couple of years however, it seems as if people are becoming excited about home grown cut flowers again – I have noticed that more customers are interested in growing a designated cutting garden or just incorporating a few varieties into other gardens.
As a result, we now offer a selection of Katie’s tried and tested annual cut flower transplants. Look for Zinnia, Aster, Salvia, Feverfew, Sweet Annie, Tithonia, Snapdragon, Ageratum, Cosmos, Statice, Bells of Ireland, Verbena, Sunflower, Gomphrena, Rudbeckia, Statice, Sunflower, Celosia and Amaranthus. Many of these flowers are old fashioned or cottage garden varieties that have been improved by breeding over the years. You can be sure that by purchasing here, all varieties have been fully researched and trialed by Katie to provide the most productive and healthy stems for cutting. Why not try a few of these easy to grow flowers this year and enjoy your own cut flowers all summer long?
Bed preparation: Choose a sunny, flat location with well drained soil. Cut flowers require similar conditions to veggies. At least 8 hours of sun is ideal. Plants can be grown in their own dedicated garden or be interspersed in other perennial or shrub beds. If planting in a dedicated garden, rototill the soil in May and add organic matter such as compost or well rotted manure. Cover the ground with a fabric mulch. This will heat up the soil, promoting root growth, help prevent weed growth and hold moisture in the ground.
Planting: Cut holes in the groundcover and plant annual flowers after the last frost – typically early June in this area. Most varieties can be planted about a foot apart, but refer to tags for specific spacing. Water well after planting.
Care: Fertilizer such as water soluble or organic pelleted types can be applied throughout the growing season. Most crops are not fussy and are not prone to pests or diseases.
Harvest: Most varieties will require about a month of growing time before they can be selectively cut for bouquets. Harvest early in the morning, immediately put stems in water and cool in the house or barn. As flowers from your own garden will be so fresh, you can expect to enjoy blooms for a week or more. Flowers should keep blooming until the first frost hits in the fall.
Grow your own cut flowers