The Cut Flower Handbook
Select, Plant, Grow, and Harvest Gorgeous Blooms
by Lisa Mason Ziegler
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Pub Date 27 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 28 Dec 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press, Cool Springs Press
Whether you’re cultivating fresh-cut bouquets for yourself, family, and friends or for others on a small commercial scale, you’ll go from sowing seeds to cutting armloads of colorful, long-lasting blooms with ease. Lisa’s unique approach and easy-to-follow advice on multi-season planting and harvesting uses the natural warm and cool weather cycles present in almost all growing regions to maximize cut flower production.
This logical and nature-driven method is also a signature hallmark of her super-successful online flower-farming courses, and it’s one that translates equally well to both small urban backyards and large rural flower farms.
Growing your own cut flowers means you can avoid bouquets laden with pesticides (who wants that on their wedding day?) and you can skip the trips to your local flower shop or grocery store to pay big bucks for a bouquet that has racked up more airline miles than you could ever hope to.
Included in this essential cut flower growing handbook are:
- 50 extensive flower profiles divided into their preferred season of growth. Cool-weather favorites include poppies, snapdragons, and bells of Ireland. Warm-season beauties include zinnias, sunflowers, and celosia.
- Planting tips for a succession of blooms that carry over from one growing season to the next without any additional work from you.
- Illustrations showing how to pinch plants for more blooms, how to make your cuts, how to erect support netting to keep your flowers straight and upright, how to dig a planting bed, and more.
- Over 200 photographs of the best cut flowers for home gardeners to grow, the most effective methods for their care, and the most productive ways to organize them in the garden.
- Advice on caring for a cutting garden, locating the best planting site, starting plants from seed, making the harvest, prolonging the life of your cut flowers, and so much more!
The Cut Flower Handbook is the perfect balance of inspiration and education for anyone interested in bringing more beauty into their lives by growing cut flowers at home.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 17 members
The Cut Flower Handbook by Lisa Mason Ziegler was thorough with beautiful illustrations. Im excited about this coming year of my own cut flower garden. The author dives in by explaining how she started her own garden and how she got where she is today. Beautiful, clearly explained pictures with simple to understand instructions on how to do everything. I made my husband look at almost every page as I excitedly devoured every bit of advice.
I recommend this book and I’m buying my copy as soon as it’s released.
Thanks Quarto Publishing Group via NetGalley.
This is a fantastic resource for people who want to grow cut flowers. It’s incredibly thorough on every step of growing each variety, and packed with photos from the author‘s own cut flower farm. I don’t grow on nearly this scale and I’m in a very cold climate, but I loved the information and inspiration.
I read a temporary digital copy of this book for review.
This book is so informative. As someone who has a cut flower garden for fun I was able to get a lot of good tips. There are so many varieties to learn about and the book really gives great step by step to have a successful flower garden. I recommend this book to anyone who grows flowers either as a hobby or on a commercial scale, it is a great guide and many can benefit.
Thoroughly enjoyed! I LOVE books about gardening and flowers. I have several about having a cutting garden. And this one will be an excellent addition. The pictures are bright and lovely. The hints and tips are helpful and well guided.
Absolutely beautiful book! Not only are the pictures stunning, but so many examples are given that I cannot wait to try in my own garden! I've always been intimidated with flower beds, but you are given a road map that makes it seem like anyone can grow beautiful flowers. Thank you Netgalley for this ARC that will up my garden game.
This gorgeous book is perfect for flower lovers and gardeners! It is full of beautiful, bright, colorful photos and so much information for creating a cut flower garden. I really loved the layout for flower bed options, step by step directions & simple explanations for how to start seeds, plant them outside, and harvest them after growing. It also includes a flower index that includes some that are new to me, and advice for continued planning during the cold seasons. Overall, I would love to get a physical copy of this book, as the valuable info and stunning content would really help take my cut flower gardening to the next level!
A beautiful, comprehensive, and inspirational book! This book teaches the how to for growing gorgeous blooms that are perfect for cutting so you can have bouquets all around the home. The author has turned her gardens into a successful business.