Grow Your Own Organic Flowers
Would you like to grow your own organic flowers? There’s no need to buy bouquets from supermarkets and petrol stations. Although it’s good to support independent florists, many still sell tired bouquets that are covered in chemicals, arriving off long-haul flights, feeling the same as you would. They tend to have no scent and die pretty quickly.
Environmental Impact of Flowers
The cut flower industry is huge, many people buy flowers each week to brighten their home, then there are birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day. Most cut flowers in the world are grown in the same few countries ((The Netherlands, Kenya, Ecuador) and often there are Fair Trade issues, as well as environmental ones.
The flowers are often sprayed in chemicals that are banned in modern western countries, then shipped (often refrigerated), then driven to supermarkets, sold to you in plastic packaging. They die, you compost them and bin the plastic wrap.
Just like the local food movement, there is no a ‘slow local flower’ movement, promoting growing organic heirloom varieties in season. Most people are prepared to pay a little more for nice local flowers that have more scent, and stop varieties from going extinct.
Books to Grow Organic Flowers
Many flowers (including all bulbs) are highly toxic to pets. Just brushing a tail against a lily can kill a cat. Make your garden safe for pets to know toxic flowers to avoid (and other dangers like cocoa mulch). Don’t send flowers to homes with pets, unless pet-safe blooms.
These books can suit, whether you have a tiny patio or a big rose garden. If you become any good, it may turn into a nice little cottage industry.
Growing Flowers is by Niki Irving, who runs a boutique flower farm that grows mountain-fresh flowers in North Carolina using sustainable practices. This beautifully photographed book features simple and engaging know-how to help you arrange your own cutting garden.
Growing Heirloom Flowers explains how to grow the fullest, richest and most aromatic blooms, famed for their beauty, scent and hardiness. These flowers have experience, now enjoy the experience of growing more than 40 of them. Chris McLaughlin offers a wealth of information and stunning photos.
The Land Gardeners Cut Flowers is the story of how some folks turned a neglected area of land into a thriving community flower garden, selling to local people. Based in an original walled garden, a learner’s journey became about old soil, new soil, planting and potting hundreds of different flowers.
Displaying Your Grown Flowers
- Don’t put flowers near windows by the garden. If birds see them, it can confuse them. See how to stop birds flying into windows.
- You don’t need to use commercial flower food, nor bleach to make flowers last longer. Just mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and sugar (say a couple of spoons) in a vase.
- For florists, Eco Fresh Bouquet offers patented Eco-Wrap™, which is compostable and foam-free. Stems stay hydrated and flowers remain fresh for days, even when transported vertically or horizontally, leak-free. If you use rubber bands to secure stems, dispose of responsibly (littered bands often get caught around the legs of wildlife, and ducks often think they are worms, and eat them).
Grow Organic Flowers to Sell
The Flower Farmer’s Year is a lovely book by Georgie Newbury, who gave up a career in fashion to run an organic flower farm in Somerset with her husband. This book can show how to earn income, from flowers that you grow. Her other book Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers includes posies, buttonholes & flower crowns.