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Specialty Cut Flowers: The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0881929768 ISBN-10: 088192976X Edition: REV & Enlarged

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; REV & Enlarged edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088192976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929768
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although written for the professional grower, their book offers revelations for the home gardener."
—Suzy Bales, New York Times, August 3, 2003 (The New York Times)

"A very inclusive work created with the feedback of many professional growers." Stephanie M. Boehmer, Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, August 2005 (Journal of Agricultural and Food Information)

"This will be especially useful to those with cutting gardens."
—Connie Krochmal, BellaOnline, December 10, 2004 (BellaOnline)

Book Description

An up-to-date book on the commercial specialty cut flower market that describes the market, domestic and foreign production, and gives a brief overview of current trends. The book also has comments on postharvest care of annual, perennial, bulb, and woody species for commercial cut flower production. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Everyone interested in cut flower growing must have this text in his library. Allan Armitage is a renound researcher in herbaceous plants, who's earlier work was in specialty cut flowers. This is a serious text, not a "gardening" book.
Introductory sections give basics of cut flower growing, but the bulk of the book is devoted to discussing individual species. Chapters include annuals, perennials, bulbs, and woody species. Within each chapter, species are discussed in great detail. Everything you need to know to grow each cut flower is here: propagation, greenhouse and field performance, harvest and postharvest, pests and diseases, and lists of varieties are all given for each species.
This book is very well organized. Text is concise, but written with personality. There are line drawings for many species, but there are few color photographs.
This book is specificaly for cut flower growers. Lynn Bycznski's The Flower Farmer is another book not be missed by those interested in cut flower growing. Her book is an overview of the business and process of cut flower growing, also with some information on individual species. Another excellent Armitage text, Herbaceous Perennial Plants, is better suited for the serious gardener.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Horticultural experts Allan M. Armitage (Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens) and Judy M. Laushman (Executive Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flowers Growers, Inc.) collaborate to offer gardening enthusiasts an exhaustive compilation of everything professionals and novice gardeners need to know about growing annuals, perennials, bulbs, and woody plants for fresh and dried cut flowers. Specialty Cut Flowers, now in a substantially revised and enlarged second edition, is an instructional reference which details the field analysis, greenhouse performance, pests and diseases, and more, of a tremendous list of flowers ranging from Achillea to Zinnia. 100 color photos, 84 line drawings, and a map, enhance the text of this solid, practical, 636 page guide for flower gardeners of any and all skill and experience levels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Gara on March 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have been growing cut flowers for sale in our family's Chicago flower shop for 6 years. We grow at least 30 species and up to 60 total varieties each year (and never the same each year). This book is my go to guide for everything I do, from germination temps to field spacings. Now and again I plant a type that isn't in the book, but probably 95% are right there.

For back up and comparisons, I also use (ASIN:1580175171) The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom, by Eileen Powell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Horticultural experts Allan M. Armitage (Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens) and Judy M. Laushman (Executive Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flowers Growers, Inc.) collaborate to offer gardening enthusiasts an exhaustive compilation of everything professionals and novice gardeners need to know about growing annuals, perennials, bulbs, and woody plants for fresh and dried cut flowers. Specialty Cut Flowers, now in a substantially revised and enlarged second edition, is an instructional reference which details the field analysis, greenhouse performance, pests and diseases, and more, of a tremendous list of flowers ranging from Achillea to Zinnia. 100 color photos, 84 line drawings, and a map, enhance the text of this solid, practical, 636 page guide for flower gardeners of any and all skill and experience levels.
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