Posted by: HortAlaska | May 26, 2016

The world cut flower business

The U.S. doesn’t make the list of top cut flower growers. Maybe Alaska can help put it on the list!

Top cut flower suppliers

Posted by: HortAlaska | May 11, 2016

Flower sales increasing across generations

Read the latest survey from the American Floral Endowment. All ages of buyers are Cut Flower Survey

Here are some highlights as summarized by Green Profits Buzz

  • Flowers are being appreciated more now by all three generations compared to the 2009 study.
  • Local florists are the most widely shopped channel for both self and gift purchases when shopping in person.
  • Farmer’s markets, online and toll-free phone purchasing have increased, while discount/chain stores, local florists via phone and home improvement centers have declined.
  • Among floral matters, Gen X wants convenience, Millennials “want it when I want it,” and Boomers are traditionalists, purchasing flowers for the reasons you’ve been selling them for years and years—special occasions and so on.
  • Fewer folks in 2016 consider pricing to be a barrier to purchasing than in 2009.
  • 60% say being a locally owned business is very important when considering a flower purchase at a florist.
Posted by: HortAlaska | May 1, 2016

Peony flower harvest Holland

Here is a short video showing harvest of peony cut stems in Holland. Notice how many people are involved and how they handle the flowers. The buds look very tight to me. The second is a field of Sarahs.

Peony harvest

Sarah Bernhardt Peonies

Posted by: HortAlaska | May 1, 2016

Flower Muse

Interesting site all about flowers including peonies.

Flower Muse

Posted by: HortAlaska | April 6, 2016

Post harvest handling

The USDA has revised its recommendations for post harvest handling of fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and last, but not least, cut flowers. This chapter was written by Dr. Michael Reid and gives a very good overview of everything you need to know after the flower is cut in the field. The list of individual flowers does not include peonies, but the general discussion is great. Also, it might not be too far fetched for Alaska growers to diversity and consider other flowers such as delphiniums some time in the future..

2016. USDA ARS No. 66

Posted by: HortAlaska | March 29, 2016

Soils and Soil Conservation

Here is a link to a site full of information on soils and soil conservation. There are lots of webinars, recorded and ones available in the future, that cover everything from transitioning to organic to climate change. It is sponsored by the Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS webinars

Posted by: HortAlaska | March 22, 2016

Why buy local?

Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers- Buy local

Posted by: HortAlaska | March 5, 2016

Peony flowers – antioxidant powerhouses!

Peony roots and seeds have been used for centuries as medicine in Asia. If you search for peonies and medicine, the Internet is full of scientific research that is attempting to validate the old medicinal uses. Not much has been researched on peony petals. This research found that petals are full of flavonoid antioxidants that reduce the production of free radicles.

Peony antioxidants

Posted by: HortAlaska | February 17, 2016

The Fickle Flower Markets

Kenyan flowers were once on top of the African market, and now they are moving to Ethiopia. It certainly shows how fluid the markets can be. Alaska growers certainly could face competition from other northern regions. Growers are talking price, quality, shipping concerns and competition as things to look out for as the businesses develop and mature.African flowers

Posted by: HortAlaska | February 17, 2016

Farm Fresh Flowers

Although this article appeared before Valentines Day, it is worth looking at from the standpoint of the farm-to-table movement. Looks like it has spread over seas. Branding and a great farm image seem to be very important. Direct Farm sales

Posted by: HortAlaska | February 17, 2016

Flowers Make You Happy


Big research project. Flowers make you happy. Duh!!!


Happy Flowers!

Posted by: HortAlaska | February 17, 2016

New book on Alaska soils

If you are interested in learning more about what all those numbers mean when you take a soil sample and get a bazillion numbers back that are pretty confusing, this book explains them all in great detail. Want to be a good grower? Then you must be good at managing soils.

Posted by: HortAlaska | January 3, 2016

Peonies in the future

The attached link is a proposal to re-invent the peony, mostly as a year-round horticultural crop that relies heavily on container culture, forced chilling and growth regulators. Although there are several errors that show the author probably has never grown or sold peonies, it gives an interesting peek into what people are thinking about in terms of future peony production.

Peony futurePeony future

Posted by: HortAlaska | September 24, 2015

Petal It Forward Campaign

Join the Socity of American Florists And Other Growers To #PetalItForward And Spread Happiness With Flowers

Petal It Forward

Posted by: HortAlaska | September 15, 2015

World Floriculture Map/Rabobank

Here’s an interesting view of the world cut flower trade in a map.


Posted by: HortAlaska | September 14, 2015

Marketing flowers without contracts

Marketing in Kenya

Posted by: HortAlaska | September 11, 2015

Local peonies grace Obama hotel suite | Homer News

Though President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska this week didn’t bring him to the lower Kenai Peninsula, he got a scent of Homer when local flower grower Alaska Perfect Peony was picked to provide the official presidential bouquet at his Anchorage hotel, the Captain Cook. “It was pretty exciting,” Alaska Perfect Peony owner Rita Jo Shoultz said on Tuesday. “It was quite the honor.”

Source: Local peonies grace Obama hotel suite | Homer News

Posted by: HortAlaska | September 11, 2015

Alaskan Peonies Grace Obama Hotel Suite – PerishableNews

Source: Alaskan Peonies Grace Obama Hotel Suite – PerishableNews

Posted by: HortAlaska | September 11, 2015

British and French buy more flowers online – HortiBiz

Source: British and French buy more flowers online – HortiBiz

Posted by: HortAlaska | September 9, 2015

New facebook link for WSU researchers studying Botrytis

Peony Disease link

Check out this new facebook page by Andrea Garfinkel and Gary Chastagner, wo WSU researchers who have been doing cutting edge research on Botrytis and other interesting diseases of peonies.

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