forum overlap? Need cutting choices for hot Houston

Ann_in_Houston(z9 Houston)July 12, 2012

I read the Texas Gardening forum the most, because our heat is so hard on so many plants. Recently, though, I have enjoyed bringing in several of my stems for arrangements. Does anyone here live in a hot, humid climate? I am interested in growing flowers and greenery for cutting but have no idea what will work for me. Thanks.

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magz88(5a - Central Ontario)

We are hot and humid - but only for about 3 months of the year.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 12:48PM
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Ann_in_Houston(z9 Houston)

I'm sure it's too late in the season to start anything, unless there are some fall possibilities. We have a long growing season.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 1:21PM
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magz88(5a - Central Ontario)

You can still sow zinnias.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 3:28PM
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rjanders

You can grow zinnias, celosia, many kinds, sunflowers, gomphrena, amaranths, grasses. I live an hour west of Houston and grow all these flowers for cutting this time of year.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 7:54PM
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Ann_in_Houston(z9 Houston)

Wow, thanks. And now that I see this response, you can ignore my question in the thread about the agapanthus. I should have known it would be a fellow Texan who would guess the mystery stems. So, should I read up on how to do those from seed, or do they sell the plants? I'm guessing I should plan to do the sunflowers from seed. I don't ever remember seeing them in nurseries.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 10:27PM
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rjanders

I sow all my seeds in little tray packs and then when they are about 4 to 6" tall I plant them out in beds. I have a large cut flower business and sell my flowers now at Central Market. There is also a farmers market in Houston called Urban Harvest on Eastside and Richmond and there are two other cut flower growers there that you can check out.Read through all the past posts and just search these flowers and there is tons of stuff on this forum to tell you how to grow them. There is also a meeting coming up on August 6th in LA that anyone can attend to learn how to grow cut flowers. Check out the Association of Speciality Cut Flower Growers and all the info is on there under events, regional meetings.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 1:41PM
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bfff_tx(z8b TX)

Hi Ann
Like Rita (rjanders) I am also a cut flower farmer located about an hour NW of downtown Houston. Currently I'm growing Veronica, Rudbeckia, Heliopsis, Zinnias, Marigolds, Tuberose, Gomphrena, Celosia (Cockscomb and Plumed varieties), Dahlias, Lisianthus, Cinnamon Basil, Tithonia, Ageratum, Amaranthus, Ornamental Grasses and Millets and Sunflowers. The annuals are grown from seed that comes from commercial specialty seed companies but you could source some from "Johnny's Selected Seed" or "Park Seed". For foliage, Eucalyptus will grow in Houston, Waxleaf Lingustum, Privets, periwinkle, Pittosporum, Foxtail Ferns, Cast Iron Plant, Rosemary to name a few.
It's not too late to sow Zinnias, Celosia, Amaranths, Sunflowers, Gomphrena's, Cinnamon Basil, Tithonia and Marigolds now for the fall, just make sure you get tall varieties and not the bedding varieties.
Cheers Kim
Billabong Fresh Flower Farm

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:16PM
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