Since stem length is a primary objective, flowers that grow on long, unbranched stems are cut as close to the ground as possible.
When siting the cut flower plot, give it the same considerations you would give to a vegetable garden -- full sun, good soil, adequate drainage and access to a water source.
Keep careful records. With a little attention to scheduling, the Gulf Coast grower can keep cutting the flower field all year except the coldest months of December, January and part of February. Check out what's new in local nurseries.
Though the spring crops rarely have any problems except poor drainage, the rest of the warm season sees the same leaf spots and insect damage that are seen on vegetables. sunflowers, celosias and snaps will begin to run into insects as summer sets in, and problems will continue through the fall.
The quality of cut flowers is determined by freshness, stem length and perfection.
Vase life and stem length define quality for specialty cut flowers.
Post harvest handling of specialty cut flowers
Planting and weed control of specialty cut flowers grown on the Gulf Coast.