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Specialty Cut Flowers: The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers [Paperback]

Allan M. Armitage , Judy M. Laushman
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1 July 2008
This indispensable reference offers a unique perspective on cut-flower production, bringing together all the information growers need to propagate and cultivate these sought-after plants. This is a black-and-white edition.

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  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Inc.; REV & Enlarged edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088192976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929768
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This will be especially useful to those with cutting gardens." --Connie Krochmal, "BellaOnline", December 10, 2004

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Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost horticulturists, Allan M. Armitage is a professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he teaches, conducts research on new garden plants, and runs the University of Georgia Horticulture Gardens. Allan travels as a lecturer and consultant and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society. He was honored with a Quill and Trowel award from the Garden Writers Association of America, and Greenhouse Grower magazine named him one of the ten most influential people or organizations a" ever a" in the floriculture industry for "encouraging growers to expand their markets with new annuals, cut flowers, and perennials." Charming and lively as well as knowledgeable, Allan is in constant demand as a speaker and has lectured worldwide. Allan sees his work with plants as being therapeutic, exciting, and creative, and these beliefs fuel his remarkable and ambitious career.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for cut flower growers 11 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is the best publication on the market at the moment for aspiring and current commercial cut flower growers. It covers a vast number of potential cut flower species, including their cultivation, yields, varieties, and many more useful facts and figures. If you'd only buy one book before you start your commercial cut flower enterprise: this is the one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, shame about the photos 9 April 2011
By Aart
Format:Paperback
I used to own this book in hardback, but as a result of misplacing it I decided to replace it with the cheaper paperback edition. It's fundamentally the same book with the same excellent information, but really, why bother with black and white copies of originally colour photos as they are next to useless. As a small scale commerical grower I find the information in this book very useful, and the hardback edition would have got 5stars. Just one warning, this book is American, so a lot of the specific information relating to climatic zones has to be treated with caution for those of us in Northern Europe.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Reference for the Cut Flower Grower 29 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Everyone interested in cut flower growing must have this text in his library. Allan Armitage is a renound researcher in herbaceous plants, who's earlier work was in specialty cut flowers. This is a serious text, not a "gardening" book.
Introductory sections give basics of cut flower growing, but the bulk of the book is devoted to discussing individual species. Chapters include annuals, perennials, bulbs, and woody species. Within each chapter, species are discussed in great detail. Everything you need to know to grow each cut flower is here: propagation, greenhouse and field performance, harvest and postharvest, pests and diseases, and lists of varieties are all given for each species.
This book is very well organized. Text is concise, but written with personality. There are line drawings for many species, but there are few color photographs.
This book is specificaly for cut flower growers. Lynn Bycznski's The Flower Farmer is another book not be missed by those interested in cut flower growing. Her book is an overview of the business and process of cut flower growing, also with some information on individual species. Another excellent Armitage text, Herbaceous Perennial Plants, is better suited for the serious gardener.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greenhouse performance, pests and diseases, and more 10 Oct 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Horticultural experts Allan M. Armitage (Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens) and Judy M. Laushman (Executive Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flowers Growers, Inc.) collaborate to offer gardening enthusiasts an exhaustive compilation of everything professionals and novice gardeners need to know about growing annuals, perennials, bulbs, and woody plants for fresh and dried cut flowers. Specialty Cut Flowers, now in a substantially revised and enlarged second edition, is an instructional reference which details the field analysis, greenhouse performance, pests and diseases, and more, of a tremendous list of flowers ranging from Achillea to Zinnia. 100 color photos, 84 line drawings, and a map, enhance the text of this solid, practical, 636 page guide for flower gardeners of any and all skill and experience levels.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what I would do without this book... 26 Mar 2013
By A. Gara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been growing cut flowers for sale in our family's Chicago flower shop for 6 years. We grow at least 30 species and up to 60 total varieties each year (and never the same each year). This book is my go to guide for everything I do, from germination temps to field spacings. Now and again I plant a type that isn't in the book, but probably 95% are right there.

For back up and comparisons, I also use (ASIN:1580175171) The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom, by Eileen Powell.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now in a substantially revised and enlarged second edition 10 Oct 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Horticultural experts Allan M. Armitage (Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens) and Judy M. Laushman (Executive Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flowers Growers, Inc.) collaborate to offer gardening enthusiasts an exhaustive compilation of everything professionals and novice gardeners need to know about growing annuals, perennials, bulbs, and woody plants for fresh and dried cut flowers. Specialty Cut Flowers, now in a substantially revised and enlarged second edition, is an instructional reference which details the field analysis, greenhouse performance, pests and diseases, and more, of a tremendous list of flowers ranging from Achillea to Zinnia. 100 color photos, 84 line drawings, and a map, enhance the text of this solid, practical, 636 page guide for flower gardeners of any and all skill and experience levels.
1.0 out of 5 stars The descripton of this book on Amazon is pretty poor, no photos 4 July 2014
By Tony G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The descripton of this book on Amazon is pretty poor, no photos, or any good cultural info in it either, much better off with the Ball Redbook, I am returning this, if you are a beginner it can be useful, but if you do this commercially you will learn very little from this book
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