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What makes a good cut flower?

"To cut flower, or not to cut flower? That is the question."

All flowers are not built the same. When it comes to selecting which flowers make the best cut flowers, we have four criteria:

  1. Ease in care

For a flower to make "the cut," it needs to be relatively easy to sow and germinate, grow, transplant and bring to bloom. There are exceptions to this rule such as beautifully ruffled Lisianthus. Previously we started seeds in September for bloom the following July. Now we purchase plugs from Farmer Bailey and take some of the math and frustration out of the equation.

2. Level of production

We love flowers that are called "cut and come again." Flowers such as roses, dahlias and fillers like delphiniums will continue to produce for an extended period of time, making them optimal choices. As much as we love Stock flower, we've taken it off our roster of plants to sow as it is a one hit wonder!

3. Multi-use

Flowers that can be used fresh and dry are at the top of our list. Easy to care for, high producing and multi-use blooms such as Statice, Gomphrena, Celosia, Amaranth and Strawflowers are amongst our favorites.

Examples of flowers that can be used fresh or dry
Examples of flowers that can be used fresh or dry. Strawflower, Celosia, and Amaranth (L to R)

4. Long vase life

The longer the vase life, the better! Flowers that have 5-14+ days of vase are ideal. We like to harvest our flowers just as they are about to open so that our customers can enjoy and see the transformation. From Spring to Fall, our best performers and favorites include Ranunculus, Lisianthus, Roselilies, Zinnias, and Heirloom Chrysanthemums. (As shown below, L to R).

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