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Aug28

Growing Cut Flowers

Jan Seignette

Growing Cut Flowers in the UK

One of the most amazing ways you can use your garden space here in the UK is to grow your own cut flowers.

Cut flowers are such an unusual product – they are basically plants that are being chopped whilst in their prime, sent out for sale, then we are buying them and placing them in a vase in order to watch them die.

To do this with flowers grown in other countries means the flowers are put through several modes of transport (trucks, planes, lorries, trucks again, then cars…) just to reach our homes.

It also means –

They were probably grown in a glasshouse

The varieties available will be a much narrower choice, as all flowers grown a long distance from the UK must be robust and have a long life after being cut… which will also mean less scent to begin with, as the variety of flower will have it bred out for the prize of durability!

They need huge amounts of energy to keep them cooled to 2 degrees during transport

They must be dipped or sprayed in a fungicide

They will lose any scent after being dipped in silver nitrate to extend their best appearance

It may be 4 days before they get to the shop – and then they may be another 3 days on the shelves!

The cellophane they come in is going to end up in landfill

You will need to add a sugary solution of ‘plant food’ to perk up the blooms, and that just means another unrecyclable piece of packaging to go straight into the dump

So flowers grown outside of the UK, for a UK home, have quite a few cons stacked up against them.

Another Way for Cut Flowers?

Yes, of course! As we said at the start of this post, growing your own cut flowers is a brilliant way to use any land you have available to you to grow plants. Daffodils make a really easy, early season bouquet…

Minnow

Though the best flower power in spring will always come from tulips…

Purissima

Click To Buy Bee Friendly Tulips and Daffodils at Modern Mint

What else is great about local, UK cut flowers?

They are likely to be chemical free – if they have been sprayed, it is likelier to have been sprayed with a seaweed solution than anything dangerous

They don’t travel far, so are less stressed

You will probably get flowers like sweet peas (when in season) as they are difficult to cut and transport too far. A bouquet of sweet peas gently tied with a bit of string and bunged into a vase (simple!) must be the most heart-warming present you can ever give someone….

Growing your own will get you outdoors, using your brain muscles as well as the muscles in your body, and so keep you fit and healthy

Local flowers will last a long time in the vase!

They are going to smell great.

Cons of Local Cut Flowers

You won’t be able to buy your loved one roses on Valentine’s day fellas, because the season does not support the flowering of roses – but you know what, who cares? Why would you give the one person you love a flower dipped in fungicide anyway?

For Seasonal Flower Ideas on Valentine’s Day, Check This Blog on Modern Mint

So now you know – growing your own cut flowers is a great way to get a better choice of flowers, which have a wonderful fragrance and last longer in the vase. They are also far better for our environment.

What is stopping you growing cut flowers in your garden?

Try these 9 Ideas for Growing Cut Flowers to help you decide what to grow, or visit Flowers from the Farm to buy from a grower locally….!

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