Growing a Cut Garden in FL 9B
This spring, I decided to take charge in the yard and start growing a cut-flower garden in my back yard. Unsurprisingly, because I had mulled over the idea for years without finding solid information, I did not find a lot of good resources to go on.
Florida, especially central and south florida, are challenging for flower gardening. It's hot and extremely humid, there are pests galore, and all the existing resources seem to have Georgia as the southernmost state.
I found refuge in the instagram group, #FloridaFlowerGrowers though. And, through those lovely accounts I was able to pluck up the courage to grow my own cut flowers.
What I Grew
Cosmos and Zinnias are the flowers I decided to give a go in September. I planted a tray of seeds to transplant out into the garden when they had some roots and true leaves. I didn't have irrigation and after temperatures were hovering in the low to mid 90s with little to no rain. So, direct sowing was out.
I had marginal success. But, enough so that I'm encouraged to do more this year. It's January 2nd and I have just seeded some dahlia seeds, collected the last seed from my spent cosmo plot, and put in some very late ranunculus that I do not anticipate will do well. :(
As a first time flower gardener in Central Florida, here are my top lessons.
I just planted some dahlia seeds and ordered a boatload of new cosmo varieties to plant as soon as my ranunculus pop out some leaves and I can turn irrigation back on.
I cannot wait to have all those fresh bouquets again! I had enough this year to dress the whole thanksgiving table for 14 people!
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