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The Sustainable Flowers Podcast:

A conversation about sustainable cut flower growing and designing between two passionate Canadian  growers trying to figure it out.

Heather and Clara grow cut flowers for market on the northern edge of the Canadian Prairies.  In this podcast they discuss the issues they face and alternatives to conventional approaches that they are putting into practice or are trialing to ensure that their small-scale flower farming operations are sustainable. Looking to the past and to new technologies to learn the whys and hows, they discuss everything from peat to floral foam, Antirrhinum to Zinnias as well as their weekly adventures on their Zones 2 and 3 flower farms.

Apr 16, 2019

This week we discuss one of our favorite spring (and fall) flowers to grow, anemones (Anemone coronaria). In our experience they are relatively easy and disease and pest-free, and they endure (even like!) our cold springs and falls.

In this episode we talk about

·         Pre-sprout processes

·         Planting

·         Pests and diseases

·         Harvesting, vase life and pricing

Documents referenced in this episode are:

Armitage, Allan M. J.M. Laushman. 2003. Specialty Cut Flowers. The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers. Timber Press Inc. 586 pp.

Dole, John. R. Stamps, A. Carlson, I. Ahmad, L. Greer, J.Laushman (Editor). 2017. Postharvest Handling of Cut Flowers and Greens. A Practcal Guide for Commercial Growers, Wholesalers & Retailers.  Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. 

Kingsbury, N. 2016. Garden Flora. The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants in Your Garden. Timber Press Inc. 368 pp.