Species and variety recommendation for field grown specialty cut flowers in the South.
Many woody plants and natives can make good cut flowers.
Annuals are the most widely grown of the cut flower crops. Topics covered include: Bachelor Buttons, Larkspur, Snapdragon, Stock, Sweet Peas, Ageratum, Aster, Lisianthus, Queen Anne’s Lace, Annual Statice, Caryopteris, Celosia, Broom corn and Colored Corn, Cosmos, Gomphrena, Marigold, Sunflower, Zinnia.
Bulbs may be grown as a repeating perennial crop or removed and replaced after flowering.
Perennials have particular flowering requirements but may be cut for long periods.
Since stem length is a primary objective, flowers that grow on long, unbranched stems are cut as close to the ground as possible.
Cut flowers can be a profitable crop in the Southern U.S. This manual provides basic information on the production of specialty cut flowers.
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.
The quality of cut flowers is determined by freshness, stem length and perfection.
Post harvest handling of specialty cut flowers
Vase life and stem length define quality for specialty cut flowers.
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.
Planting and weed control of specialty cut flowers grown on the Gulf Coast.
Cut flowers are selected for stem length, vase life and especially for suitability for the climate in which they will be grown.
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.