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Specialty Cut Flowers: The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers REV & Enlarged Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0881929768
ISBN-10: 088192976X
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"This will be especially useful to those with cutting gardens."
—Connie Krochmal, BellaOnline, December 10, 2004

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This greatly revised and expanded edition brings together in one place the information growers need to propagate and cultivate these eye-catching plants. Introductory chapters offer a discussion of domestic and foreign production, a brief overview of trends, and general comments and techniques for the postharvest care of flowers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This was purchased as a gift for a friend. The friend really enjoyed/enjoys this book. I'm not an expert on cut flowers, but the friend I purchased the book for might be considered as such; therefore I recommend this book!
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The descripton of this book on Amazon is pretty poor, no photos, or any good cultural info in it either, much better off with the Ball Redbook, I am returning this, if you are a beginner it can be useful, but if you do this commercially you will learn very little from this book
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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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