I made this list specifically for those of us that get what I like to call, “seed catalog syndrome.” It’s a pretty serious condition where you can’t seem to stop buying seeds. You may suffer from it if you’ve ever had the following conversations WITH YOURSELF…
“What’s 1000 more seeds?”
“It’s only 4.95. I mean, obviously I won’t buy coffee tomorrow.
Ohh pretty! Lemme just add those to my cart.
So, uh, no coffee for the next month?
Sure, I can do that.
“I need ALL THE COLORS.”
“Hm…I’ve never heard of that before, but I must be gettin’ it.”
Um, yeah, you might have a problem.
This list is also for those of you that are just getting started and need to know exactly what it is you can grow and make a profit from your first year. I’ve done all the research for you so that you can spend more time weeding. You’re welcome. 😉
THE FIRST YEAR FLOWERS ULTIMATE LIST OF WHAT TO GROW
WHAT YOU GET:
- 40 flowers that make good cuts & can be profitable in the first year of growing
- The recommended varieties: not all flowers are the same
- Spacing guidelines
- When to harvest
- Pinching recommendations
- Netting recommendations
HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
Nothing is really concrete in flower farming. EVERYONE and their mother has differing opinions on how to space and to-pinch or not-pinch.
The thing you need to know is this:
Given sunlight, water, and good dirt, your flowers WILL grow. And yep, some of your stems will be too short, you will have bugs, and your local florist will tell you that they don’t really compare to the flowers she can buy in.
And that’s okay.
You will learn as you go. No one knows your dirt and your weather better than you do.
Try, make mistakes, and do it differently next year. Keep notes and records and keep on keepin’ on.
Hopefully this list helps you decide what to plant and trims down your catalog time. Print it out and keep it handy!
All the best,
P.S. Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Specialty Cut Flowers were my go-to’s in compiling this information.
40 flower varieties to grow for your cut flower farm
Varieties: Colorado Mix, the Pearl, etc.
Harvest: when flowers are fully formed and pollen is visible
Varieties: Blue Horizon, Tall Blue Planet
Harvest: when spikes 3/4 open
Varieties: Ocean Pearls, Purple Queen
Harvest: when 1-2 flowers in spray are open
Varieties: Coral Fountains, hot biscuit, oppeo
Harvest: when 3/4 are open
Varieties: Graceland, Green Mist
80% are open
Varieties: Sweet Annie
Harvest: once flower heads have developed or once stems are green and full
Varieties: Aromatto, Lemon, Cinnamon, African Blue, Oriental
Harvest: when flowers begin to open
Bells of Ireland
Harvest: when flowers are 1/2 open
Varieties: Green Gold, Griffiti
Harvest: whenflower heads show color and are almost all the way open
Varieties: Cramer’s, Chief, Pampas Plume, Spicatica, Cristata
Harvest: when flowers along bract are completely open
Pinch: Yes, all except for bombay
Varieties: Boy Series
Harvest: when flowers are 1/4 – 1/2 open
Varieties: Gladiator, Kiwi Blue
Harvest: most stages, when flowers form
Varieties: Cupcake, Double Click, Sensation, Versailles
Harvest: when buds begin to crack
Varieties: Chinese Forget Me-Not, Rose Magic
Harvest: 1/3-1/2 blooms are open
Varieties: Belladonna, Magic Fountains
Harvest: 1/4-1/3 of blooms on the stem are open
Varieties: Amazon, Electron, (both FYF)
Harvest: when flowers are 10% open
Varieties: Circadians, New Look
Harvest: when stems are hard and woody
Varieties: Lemon Bush, Silver Drop, Silver Dollar
Harvest: after stems mature and leaves feel leathery
Varieties: Mountain Snow
Harvest: before flowers are fully open but when bracts are colored
Varieties: Grace Series
Spacing: 4-5” unpinched, 20-24” pinched
Harvest: when first flowers on the stem are open
Varieties: Audrey, QIS Series, Strawberry Fields
Harvest: when flowers are in color and partially open
Harvest: when flowers are colored and 6”
Varieties: Arena, Doublini, Echo, Miriachi
Harvest: when one or more flowers on the stem are open, they will not continue to open once cut
Varieties: QIS, Giant Imperial, Messenger
Harvest: when 1/4 to 1/2 of the flowers are open on the stem
Harvest: when flowers open
Varieties: Magic, Tetra, Ultra
Harvest: when flower cluster is mostly open
Varieties: Lime Light, Purple Majesty, etc.
Harvest: when fully open
Varieties: Albion, Cramer’s, Miss Jekyll, etc.a
Harvest: when buds are fully colored but before petals have separated completely from the center
Varieties: White Finch
Harvest: when 80% are open
Varieties: Champagne Bubbles, Colibri
Harvest: When buds begin to crack, sear stems with heat
Varieties: Prairie Sun, Tribola, Indian Summer
Harvest: when flowers are all the way open
Varieties: Pincushion, Stelatta
Harvest: When the canter flower just starts to unfurl
Harvest: bud to half open
Varieties: Britton, Red, Green
Harvest: when stems are mature
Varieties: Chantilly, Madam Butterfly, Opus, Rocket
Harvest: when the bottom 1/3-1/2 blooms are open
Varieties: Fortress, QIS, Pastel Shades, etc.
Harvest: When you can see the white of the individual flowers
Varieties: Cheerful, Katz, Iron
Harvest: When 1/2 the flowers are open on the inflorescence
Varieties: Pro Cut, Vincent, etc.
Spacing: 6” (9” branching: pananche, lemon starburst, chocolate)
Harvest; When petals begin to lift
Varieties: Elegance, Spencer
Harvest: When stems reach 12” and 2-3 flowers start to color
Varieties: Benary’s Giant, Oklahoma, Persian Carpet, Queen Red Lime
Harvest: when stems harden and flower heads no longer flop