[Market-farming] Flower Bouquets

Carla Maness manessfarm at gmail.com
Sat May 12 21:24:06 EDT 2012


Todd,
Are you growing your flowers in a high tunnel?

Carla
Perkins, OK
On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Mike,
> I'm really quite an amateur. Johnnies seeds, Plant a ton and reap the
> best. In the 36" bed I'm 5 rows 8" oc and it makes a dense hedge. I had a
> number of fallen and crooked necked plants.  The hoop environment really
> pushes these things vertically. I will  be using the horizontal grid from
> now on. this has done wonders for our zinnias. 6x6 squares,  plastic net on
> rows of tee posts makes a great grid for flowers to grow up through and
> then be restrained from falling. Consistantly our zinnias go 7-8 feet by
> August. Wind and blowing rain be damned..Succession planting gives us a
> million long stems all season. plus, if you pull the mesh snug it holds w/o
> fasters and can be moved a bit to the right elevation early on.
> Todd
>
>
>
> On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM, idyllwild farm <idyllwildfarm at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> How do you get gorgeous long snap stems? Variety, fertility or
>> environment?
>> Just curious.
>> Thanks, mike
>>
>>
>> On Saturday, May 12, 2012, Carla Maness wrote:
>>
>>> Todd,
>>> When do you seed/transplant all of these to have them ready the same
>>> time as snaps? That's where I'm messing up I think. My schedule is out of
>>> whack. I won't have zinnias for another 2 weeks at least!
>>>
>>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>
>>> Also,
>>> Basil.
>>> We grow four kinds strictly for the flowering greens for the bouquets.
>>> Might be our most important flower crop. 60' double plants every 16" down a
>>> 36" bed.
>>> Cinnamon
>>> lemon
>>> opal
>>> sweet
>>>
>>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 9:11 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>
>>> We're making bouquets tonight for tomorrows market.
>>> Zinnias lead the charge.
>>> Ageratum, snaps, bach buttons, gomphrena (globe amaranth), lavender,
>>> strawflower, echinacea, Foxglove, Opopeo amaranth, Black Eyed Susan  and
>>> celosia, we use Flamingo Feather
>>> Just about anything that grows in your zone.
>>> Todd.
>>>
>>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM, Carla Maness <manessfarm at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>
>>> I picked our first flowers today, which I'm glad to have for Mothers Day
>>> weekend at market, but as is typical for me, the only thing I have are
>>> snapdragons. Buckets and buckets of snaps.
>>> What other flowers would bloom at the same time as snaps? I do mixed
>>> bouquets for my market, and obviously it's hard to make a mixed bok when I
>>> don't have anything else to mix!
>>> Any ideas, information, etc... is greatly appreciated so maybe I can
>>> plan a little better for next year.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>> Carla
>>> Perkins, OK
>>>
>>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM, Vern and Amy <vaspencer at sisna.com>wrote:
>>>
>>> I know others are having trouble with heat and drought.  It finally
>>> stopped raining last week and a cold front blew in for two days.  It was
>>> 20 degrees this morning.  The row cover in the hoophouse was starting to
>>> freeze laying on top of 100 flats of tomato and pepper starts.  I turned
>>> on a couple milkhouse heaters before the sun came up and sprinkled the
>>> cherry tree blossoms with the pre-drained hose to try saving them, too.
>>> Have a great day!
>>>
>>> Vern
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