While sunflowers and zinnias are cut flower staples from seed, dahlia and lilies should be considered by any serious cut flower grower. Opportunity abounds for growers to market these beauties throughout the summer via wholesalers, CSA's, farmers' markets, roadside stands, and even retail garden centers. For 2016, Harris Seeds is delighted to offer product from Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc., a highly reputable bulb producer.
Dahlias are one of the most spectacular garden flowers. They add an outstandingly exotic and vibrant touch to flower bouquets and gardens. This old-fashioned favorite provides superb, long lasting cut flowers until the fall frost. Decorative dahlia types have symmetrically arranged petals with no visible center. Dinnerplate dahlia types offer the largest sized blossoms. The Karma Series is particularly well-suited for summer field production, producing many flowers. Dahlias can be stored cool (50-60°F) for a few weeks prior to planting if necessary. Dahlia Growing Instructions (Ednie)
Lilies are ideal for both container and cut flower sales. Most have strong stems that supply 4-6 flowers. They are stunning in mass and also look fantastic individually as an accent plant. Lilies make marvelous statements in mixed bouquets and other floral work. They dependably offer great outdoor performance and flowering ability. LA-Hybrids and Asi-Florum lilies are available in a wide variety of colors, sometimes spotted, and not very fragrant. The flowers of the Asi-Florum lilies are larger than the LA-Hybrids, while the LA-Hybrids produce more flowers. Lilies from our program should be planted upon arrival, but may be stored in a cooler for a few days. Lily Growing Instructions (Ednie)
Gladiolus Velvet Eyes and Fun Time are two new gorgeous varieties to consider for cut flower or spring bulb sales. Gladiolus make an exceptionally colorful display at roadside stands and are a cut flower staple at farmers' markets. Corms are shipped to you directly from our grower, ready to plant in the field, or sell directly to your customers. Gladiolus Culture