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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 2, 2019

This week we discuss one of the prettiest flowers to grow, Ranunculus asiaticus.  Early spring is the time to start them, so now that it looks like spring is really coming (knock on wood) we thought we would discuss our successes and failures and Heather's field trials with succession plantings.

They are a bit of work to optimize, but when you get it right, they are fabulous!  

 We also discuss:

·         Pre-sprout processes

·         Planting

·         Pests and diseases

·         Harvesting and vase life


Documents referenced in this episode are:

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

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.

Heather also wrote an article on her succession planting adventures which can be found on the Unicorn Blooms website at Unicorn Blooms: Ranunculus Succession Planting

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing was completed by the brilliant Laura Eccleston.