Acre-for-acre, flowers are the most profitable--as well as the most beautiful--crop on the farm. InThe Flower Farmerexpert flower grower Lynn Byczynski provides a complete introduction to raising a cornucopia of cut flowers for home use and for sale to retail customers, florists, and other markets.
The book offers detailed, manageable plans for flower growing on a scale ranging from a backyard border to a half-acre commercial garden. It will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, including:
- Home gardeners who want growing tips from professionals, so that they can enjoy an abundance of flowers year-round in fresh and dried bouquets
- Passionate gardeners and small-scale growers who want to raise and sell cut flowers in season for additional income
- Small commercial farmers who want to increase farm revenue or even make a living from selling field-grown, specialty cut flowers.
The Flower Farmerprovides a clear, realistic look at both the benefits and the challenges of growing flowers organically for local markets. Chapters include information on:
- The best varieties of cut flowers--an A-Z list of more than one hundred recommended annuals and perennials, spotlighting the cultivars that are grown by professional flower farmers
- How to cut, store, and preserve flowers for long-lasting beauty
- How to dry flowers for crafting or for a dried-flower business
- Flower-arranging basics from a designer's perspective
- Extending the season with woody shrubs and trees
- Marketing options for commercial growers, including sales at farmer's markets, supermarkets, florists, and wholesalers.
Sprinkled throughout are profiles of successful flower farmers--from Vermont to California, Texas to Wisconsin--each of them providing a unique perspective proving that growing flowers can be as profitable as it is satisfying.
Basics for beginners -- Site and soil -- Buying and starting plants -- Growing in the field -- Season extension -- The dried-flower garden -- Woody ornamentals -- Harvest and post-harvest -- Arranging fresh flowers -- Growing flowers for market -- Marketing flowers.
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 30th June 2009
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised and Upd