Flower Farmers Recommend Their Best-Selling Spring Flowers
It’s October, and flower farmers from Maine to California are winding down the harvest season. Cutting the last of the dahlias and sunflowers is always bittersweet. Yet many flower farmers are already busy planting spring-blooming bulbs that will jump-start next year’s sales.
Curious minds (ours) are wondering which varieties of bulbs these market-savvy growers are planting. When we talked about this with SlowFlowers.com founder Debra Prinzing, she reached out to several top flower farmers to see what she could learn. Here are some excerpts from her article, which appears in the October issue of Slow Flowers Journal.
Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs Now for Flowers in April
“For flower farmers, planting spring-blooming bulbs is a task that yields big payoffs come spring. The Slow Flowers member-growers I’ve been speaking with are 100% passionate about growing tulips and daffodils. These bulbs bring seasonal beauty to customers who are hungry for flowers in late winter and early springtime. Increasingly, it’s that early demand for premium-quality spring blooms that jump-starts a year in flowers for farmers, florists and flower-lovers alike.
“Fulfilling early demand for locally-grown tulips and daffodils kicks off a full year’s worth of momentum in the floral marketplace. Bunches of just-picked bulb flowers are the first featured crops of the year and a magnet to bring in flower buyers early and keep them coming back for more. They’ll ask: “What’s growing next?” “What flowers will you have next month?”
“There’s a lot of love and joy packed into each little bulb that’s tucked into the ground in October and November. There’s also much anticipation for the elegant forms, fabulous petal colors and in some cases, lovely fragrances that will arrive just a few months later. In this article, four flower farmers share their tips and recommendations for spring flowers. Don’t forget to tuck some of your own bulbs into the ground this fall!”
You can read Debra’s full article HERE. It features Red Twig Farms in Ohio and Alaska Stems in Homer, Alaska. You’ll also hear from Sarah’s Cottage Garden Creations in Minnesota, and Everyday Flowers in Washington. Many of the varieties recommended by these savvy flower farmers are available now on our website.