Specialty Cut Flowers

The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers
Author: Allan M. Armitage,Judy M. Laushman
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
ISBN: 9780881929768
Category: Gardening
Page: 586
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This indispensable reference for growers is greatly revised and expanded, and brings together all the information needed to propagate and cultivate eye-catching plants.

Postharvest Handling and Storage of Cut Flowers, Florist Greens, and Potted Plants

Author: Joanna Nowak
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789401066761
Category: Science
Page: 210
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We initiated research studies on the postharvest physiology of cut flowers almost 20 years ago, when the floriculture industry in Poland began to grow. At that time, like most flower growers in our country, we discovered cut flowers preserve their good appearance longer if kept in a vase with water rather than in dry storage. We then began intensive reading of various horticultural and other specialty journals, and we learned that many scientists had made the same dis covery long before and had gone even further, showing that sucrose and certain chemicals added to the vase water prolong the vase life of flowers much better than water alone. In the meantime, we learned that in the Netherlands, the United States, Israel, and elsewhere, great progress has been made in the postharvest treatment of flowers through the use of floral preserva tives; grading, packing, and transportation procedures; and the organization of trade. In all these countries, researchers generously offered their information to growers, wholesalers, florists, and indi vidual flower lovers eager to improve flower quality and keepability. We collected much of the practical information from various countries with the intention of using it in research projects con cerning the postharvest physiology of floricultural commodities.

Using the Agricultural, Environmental, and Food Literature

Author: Barbara S. Hutchinson,Antoinette Paris-Greider
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780203909119
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 536
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This reference provides the groundwork, tools, and terminology required when conducting specialized searches for information and resources pertaining to traditional and emerging fields of agriculture. The editors present 16 contributions from librarians and other information workers that offer information on research resources across the academic agricultural disciplines. They offer information on library catalog search strategies, abstracts and indexes, bibliographies and literature guides, search engines, government documents, and other research related information. Each contribution addresses research in a particular sub-field of the general discipline of agricultural sciences.

Flower Confidential

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
Author: Amy Stewart
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781565126459
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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Award-winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can provide. There's a scientist intent on developing the first genetically modified blue rose; an eccentric horitcultural legend who created the most popular lily; a breeder of gerberas of every color imaginable; and an Ecuadorean farmer growing exquisite roses, the floral equivalent of a Tiffany diamond. And, at every turn she discovers the startling intersection of nature and technology, of sentiment and commerce.

Llewellyn's 2011 Herbal Almanac

A Do-it-Yourself Guide for Health & Natural Living
Author: Susan Pesznecker,JD Hortwort,Chandra Moira Beal,Carole Schwalm,Suzanne Ress,Laurel Reufner,Alice DeVille,Anne Sala,Harmony Usher,Dallas Jennifer Cobb,Katherine Weber-Turcotte,Sally Cragin,Misty Kuceris,Calantirniel,Ellen Evert Hopman,Llewellyn
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738726524
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 312
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Add some zing to your love life with home-blended aphrodisiacs. Feel charged up and refreshed every day with energy-boosting smoothies. This practical almanac contains hundreds of ways for you to use herbs to beautify your home, invigorate your life, and strengthen your ties to nature. Featuring over two dozen articles in five areas--gardening, cooking, crafts, health/beauty, and myth/lore--this edition is filled with hands-on projects and advice for everything from keeping plants healthy and sustainable harvesting to treating ailments and summer party planning. Keep your pets healthy with specially crafted infusions and ointments Make your own remedies for headaches, poor memory, and fibromyalgia Re-create tasty recipes and boost the flavors of your favorite foods with herbal butters Enjoy a pest-free garden with all-natural pesticides Learn how to choose plants, gather and dry herbs, and collect seeds Create aromatic necklaces, potpourri, and sachets for relaxation

The Flower Farmer

An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1933392657
Category: Gardening
Page: 266
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Acre-for-acre, flowers are the most profitable--as well as the most beautiful--crop on the farm. In The Flower Farmer expert flower grower Lynn Byczynski provides a complete introduction to raising a cornucopia of cut flowers for home use and for sale to retail customers, florists, and other markets. The book offers detailed, manageable plans for flower growing on a scale ranging from a backyard border to a half-acre commercial garden. It will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, including: Home gardeners who want growing tips from professionals, so that they can enjoy an abundance of flowers year-round in fresh and dried bouquets Passionate gardeners and small-scale growers who want to raise and sell cut flowers in season for additional income Small commercial farmers who want to increase farm revenue or even make a living from selling field-grown, specialty cut flowers. The Flower Farmer provides a clear, realistic look at both the benefits and the challenges of growing flowers organically for local markets. Chapters include information on: The best varieties of cut flowers--an A-Z list of more than one hundred recommended annuals and perennials, spotlighting the cultivars that are grown by professional flower farmers How to cut, store, and preserve flowers for long-lasting beauty How to dry flowers for crafting or for a dried-flower business Flower-arranging basics from a designer's perspective Extending the season with woody shrubs and trees Marketing options for commercial growers, including sales at farmer's markets, supermarkets, florists, and wholesalers. Sprinkled throughout are profiles of successful flower farmers--from Vermont to California, Texas to Wisconsin--each of them providing a unique perspective proving that growing flowers can be as profitable as it is satisfying.

The Plant Lover's Guide to Tulips

Author: Richard Wilford
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604696893
Category: Gardening
Page: 220
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Tulips are one of the most popular spring-flowering bulbs. Available in a huge range of colors and in a wide array of shapes, they’re a mainstay of most spring gardens. They are the focus of festivals worldwide and are a sure sign spring is on the way. The Plant Lover’s Guide to Tulips, by Richard Wilford of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, profiles 100 commonly available species and cultivars, and features growing information, recommendations for companion plants, and tips on how to use tulips in the landscape. More than 250 color photographs bring these colorful gems to life.

Armitage's Garden Perennials

Author: Allan M. Armitage
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604690380
Category: Gardening
Page: 347
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Provides a photographic guide to more than 1,200 interesting and beautiful garden plants, with each entry including full-color photos, hardiness-zone information, growing tips and more, in a book that also has lists of plants for certain situations.

Cool Flowers

How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques
Author: Lisa Mason Ziegler
Publisher: St Lynns Press
ISBN: 9780989268813
Category: Gardening
Page: 145
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Everyone longs for fragrant spring blossoms – Snapdragons, Bells of Ireland, Sweet Peas, Sweet Williams and other beauties. But few grow them successfully in their own gardens because they haven't learned the simple techniques that make it possible. Expert flower grower Lisa Mason Zeigler introduces us to the long-blooming stars of the spring garden, the hardy annuals – those flowers that thrive when they are planted during cool conditions (instead of waiting until the warmth of spring). Forget “Some Like It Hot,” she advises, and give them a cool start. Plant them in the right spot at the right time, nestle their roots deep into rich organic soil, and stand back. In no time at all, you'll have a low-maintenance, vibrant spring flower garden that keeps on blooming when other annuals are dead and gone.

Field Grown Cut Flowers

A Practical Guide and Sourcebook : Commercial Field Grown, Fresh and Dried Cut Flower Production
Author: Alan B. Stevens
Publisher: N.A
Category: Gardening
Page: 395
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Both beginning and advanced growers will find this volume an indispensable guide to producing fresh and dried cut flowers outdoors. It also includes details on production systems and the labor requirements needed to get the job done. Information on how to grow eight of the most popular outdoor-produced cut flowers is also featured.

The 50 Mile Bouquet

Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers
Author: Debra Prinzing,David E. Perry,Amy Stewart
Publisher: St Lynns Press
ISBN: 9780983272649
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 144
View: 1967

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Highlights a movement by dedicated farmers and designers toward natural, chemical-free flowers, and explores how cut flowers are grown, designed, and used.

The Flower Farmer's Year

How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit
Author: Georgie Newbery
Publisher: Green Books
ISBN: 9780857842336
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
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Grow your own cut flowers and you can fill your house with the gorgeous colours and heavenly scents of your favourite blooms, knowing that they haven't travelled thousands of miles - and you can make money while you do it! Combining boundless passion with down-to-earth guidance and practical advice, Georgie Newbery draws on her own experiences as an artisan flower farmer and florist as she takes you through: * how to start a cut-flower patch * what to grow * cutting, conditioning and presenting cut fl owers * creating a hedgerow Christmas * starting a cut-fl ower business * where to sell * marketing and social media * a flower farmer's year planner. Whether you want to grow for your own pleasure or start your own business, The Flower Farmer's Year is the perfect guide.

Woody Cut Stems for Growers and Florists

How to Produce and Use Branches for Flowers, Fruit, and Foliage
Author: Lane Greer,John M. Dole
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 0881928925
Category: Gardening
Page: 512
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Explains how to select, cultivate, and handle a variety of popular woody stem plants, with detailed profiles of one hundred genera used for cut stems, with information on key characteristics and applications, production guidelines, and tips on techniques including pruning, forcing, and coppicing.

Armitage's Vines and Climbers

A Gardener's Guide to the Best Vertical Plants
Author: Allan M. Armitage
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604692898
Category: Gardening
Page: 212
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“Climbing plants are hugely underrated—this book with its lively expression of deep knowledge should encourage everyone to grow more of them.” —Noël Kingsbury Climbing plants constitute a huge, and largely untapped, resource for today’s gardeners. Because their habit of growth is primarily vertical, they can be used for utilitarian as well as ornamental purposes like providing privacy, or screening eyesores. In this comprehensive reference, renowned horticulturist Allan Armitage selects and profiles the most useful and attractive climbing plants for a wide range of sites and conditions, from well-known favourites like clematis, morning glories, and wisteria to more unusual plants like Dutchman’s pipe, passion flowers, and the tropical mandevillas. Each profile includes a general description (enlivened by Armitage’s trademark wry humour) along with the plant’s hardiness, plant family, best method of propagation, method of climbing, and etymology of botanical and common names.“Climbing plants are hugely underrated—this book with its lively expression of deep knowledge should encourage everyone to grow more of them.” —Noël Kingsbury

Herbaceous Perennial Plants

A Treatise on their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes (3rd Edition)
Author: Allan M. Armitage
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
ISBN: 1610583809
Category: Science
Page: 1109
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The long-awaited third edition of Allan Armitage’s masterpiece on garden perennials was released in April of 2008. Armitage’s extensive traveling, teaching and trialing experiences provide a depth of understanding of the best ornamental perennials for North American gardens unparalleled by any other garden writer. One of the most definitive and conclusive books written about perennials, the first edition was designated as one of the best 75 books written in the last 75 years by the American Horticulture Society, and the third is even better! The third edition of “The Big Perennial Book” (as it is fondly referred to by many practitioners) describes 3,600 species in 1224 pages. More than 300 color photos complement detailed text filled with the author’s pointed observations of plant performance, cultivar selection and current taxonomy. Allan’s trademark wit and passion are both in abundance, making reading as pleasurable as it is informative.

The Hoophouse Handbook

Growing Produce and Flowers in Hoophouses and High Tunnels
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780977978199
Page: N.A
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A guide to growing food and flowers for market in unheated and minimally heated high tunnels.

Weeds of North America

Author: Richard Dickinson,France Royer
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022607658X
Category: Gardening
Page: 656
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“What is a weed,” opined Emerson, “but a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered?” While that may be a worthy notion in theory, these plants of undiscovered virtue cause endless hours of toil for backyard gardeners. Wherever they take root, weeds compete for resources, and most often win. They also wreak havoc on industry—from agriculture to golf courses to civic landscape projects, vast amounts of money are spent to eradicate these virile and versatile invaders. With so much at stake, reliable information on weeds and their characteristics is crucial. Richard Dickinson and France Royer shed light on this complex world with Weeds of North America, the essential reference for all who wish to understand the science of the all-powerful weed. Encyclopedic in scope, the book is the first to cover North American weeds at every stage of growth. The book is organized by plant family, and more than five hundred species are featured. Each receives a two-page spread with images and text identification keys. Species are arranged within family alphabetically by scientific name, and entries include vital information on seed viability and germination requirements. Whether you believe, like Donald Culross Peattie, that “a weed is a plant out of place,” or align with Elizabeth Wheeler Wilcox’s “weeds are but unloved flowers,” Dickinson and Royer provide much-needed background on these intrusive organisms. In the battle with weeds, knowledge truly is power. Weeds of North America is the perfect tool for gardeners, as well as anyone working in the business of weed ecology and control.

Flowers of the Southwest Deserts

Author: Natt Noyes Dodge,Jeanne R. Janish
Publisher: Western National Parks Association
ISBN: 9780911408652
Category: Nature
Page: 136
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Line drawings with some color photgraphs; 190 species of flowers arranged by petal color with descriptions and introductory notes.

Postharvest Biology and Technology of Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers

Author: Gopinadhan Paliyath, Ph.D.,Dennis P. Murr,Avtar K. Handa,Susan Lurie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0813806720
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 498
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An increased understanding of the developmental physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology during early growth, maturation, ripening, and postharvest conditions has improved technologies to maintain the shelf life and quality of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Postharvest Biology and Technology of Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers provides a comprehensive introduction to this subject, offering a firm grounding in the basic science and branching out into the technology and practical applications. An authoritative resource on the science and technology of the postharvest sector, this book surveys the body of knowledge with an emphasis on the recent advances in the field.