Growing Cut Flowers

Overview

Growing cut flowers is a simple way to liven up your home, make a nice gift for family and friends, and can be a source of extra income. Cut flowers can consist of bulbous, annuals and perennials that provide a wide variety of cuts. Annuals rarely come back the following year unless they re-seed themselves. Nevertheless, the process of cutting flowers encourages flower growth, prolific blooming, and for some varieties a longer growing period.

Step 1

Loosen the soil with a hand trowel where the flowers or seeds will to be planted.

Step 2

Sow the flower seeds directly into the loosened soil with a garden rake.

Step 3

Dig a small hole that is approximately 1 1/4 times deeper than the root ball and twice as wide if you are planting potted flower transplants. Place the flower transplant in the hole and cover with soil

Step 4

Feed the plant a fertilizer specific to the plant you are growing, being careful to keep the fertilizer away from any flowers.

Step 5

Water slow and steady for a period of 30 minutes weekly with a garden hose or sprinkler.

Step 6

Add a 1/2-inch layer of light mulch, such as pine needles, around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and deter weeds.

Step 7

Pull weeds throughout the growing period.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower seeds or potted flower transplants
  • Hand trowel
  • Garden rake
  • Small hand clippers or scissors
  • Bucket or deep container
  • Mulch
  • Flower vase

References

  • North Dakota State University Agriculture Extension: Growing Cut Flowers for Market
  • UMassAmherst Extension: Greenhouse Crops & Floriculture
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: Specialty Cut Flower Production & Marketing

Who Can Help

  • SavATree: Grow Cut Flowers-Cultivating Your Own Cutting Garden
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Patricia Hill is a freelance writer who contributes to several sites and organizations, including eHow.com, Associated Content and various private sectors. She is also the managing debt examiner for the Charlotte Examiner.