The Flower Farmer
"Acre-for-acre, flowers are the most profitable--as well as the most beautiful--crop on the farm. In The Flower Farmer expert 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.… More »
"Acre-for-acre, flowers are the most profitable--as well as the most beautiful--crop on the farm. In The Flower Farmer expert 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: 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"--Publisher description.« Less
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.
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