Cut and Insectary Flower Production in Raised Beds and Containers
Flower growing for the small scale food producer represents an enterprise with multiple benefits. For example, flowers can be grown for cut flower and edible flower personal use and direct markets. It can also provide habitat and insectary plants for the conservation of pollinator and biological control insects. In addition to domesticated flowers, native plants offer a wide range of possibilities to consider. This workshop strives to show that these benefits can be combined to the advantage of small scale agriculture.
The cut flower industry in Florida is relatively small because of intense international competition of imports, especially from Central and South America. However, there are shifting consumer tastes, e.g., Slow Flower movement, that makes flower growing a market opportunity for small farmers and market gardeners as a sustainable alternative enterprise.
The growing of insectary flowers is a key component of ecological and farmscaping approaches to food growing. These flowers can be grown as intercrops and/or on adjoining sites to the food production areas.
This workshop will provide information on the potential production of many desirable flower species that grow well in Florida’s warm and humid climate. The workshop will focus on the raised bed and container growing methods of these flowers. This workshop is also open to backyard gardeners who enjoy growing flowers.
Instructors: Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D., Ag/NR Extension Agent
NOTE: Classes and events may be canceled at any time due to low registration or other circumstances, with full refunds issued for paid events. Similar classes or events often are offered on future dates.