Cut and Carry Cemetery Flowers

GrowSis(9B Inland Empire,CA)July 8, 2013

Hello All

This is a survey question and I would like to have as many respondents as possible. For years I used to spend close to $1000 a year on floral arrangements for the cemetery. I don't know if those days will ever return but if they do they definitely don't exist now. So given that I am the indoor sort, what could I grow on my patio in containers that would provide me with fresh flowers preferably year round (if not then at least fully in bloom and ready for harvest from March through July/September). And if I need to harvest say six times a year, would I need to grow six pots, three large ones? These flowers must be colorful, good head size, and super easy to grow. I'm good with water and fert and not much more fussing. I've got unlimited sun. What do you think? I also like very wide blade leafy greens (lemon leaf but even larger is better) to put in the arrangement but I don't know how easy those are to grow so that might be beyond my capabilities.

Flowers I used to buy: Lily/Stargazer (love), gerber daisies, calla lily, roses.

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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

Alstroemeria is an easy one to grow, comes in many bright colors and last a long time as a cut flower. The trick with them is to pluck the whole stem of flowers by grasping the stem close to the ground and pulling it out, rather than cutting it off with pruners. You can cut the end after removal. They will continue to produce new flower stems over a long season.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 3:50PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

It depends on how big you want your bouquets. Six very large pots would be good for starters.

I second Gyr-Falcon's idea of alstroemeria.
Calla lilies are also easy to grow in pots. They prefer plenty of water.
Lilies will only bloom once a year, so that's not much bang for the buck. If you do go with bulb lilies, I would try the Asiatic varieties since they do better in Southern California than the Orientals like Stargazer. Sometimes you can buy a pot of Asiatic lilies for five bucks at Home Depot and it has five bulbs in it.
Hydrangeas give a lot of flowers and will grow in pots.
If you have a place to plant a rose bush in the ground, roses have four main flushes of bloom a year here, and you can have big bouquets from March/April through January. I recommend Henry Fonda. It's a bright yellow that produces lots of long-stemmed yellow roses, it is disease-free, and it has nice deep green foliage.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 1:13AM
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GrowSis(9B Inland Empire,CA)

Six very large pots would be good for starters.

The largest pot I have now is 8" indoors. What diameter?

If you have a place to plant a rose bush in the ground..

Space I've got. The problem is water. No system and only two hoses. Also very dense, weedy soil. This gets fussy and expensive.

Great ideas Gyr and hosenemesis!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 4:22PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

18" diameter pots would be good.

I think pots and potting soil would be much more expensive than putting things into the ground, though. Yes, it does require weeding and watering, but pots will require more water than a plant in the ground. Good luck with your project!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 10:39PM
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