Focusing on Sustainable farming practices
Why Buy Local Flowers?
Production and sale of locally grown flowers contributes to a community’s economy, especially relevant for small rural areas.
Nearly 80% of fresh flowers sold in the US do not originate in North America. Instead they’re imported from Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands and Israel. Shipping flowers incurs huge transportation, energy, refrigeration and storage costs as well as leaving an enormous carbon footprint.
From 2020 forward there’ve been numerous disruptions in the supply chain. Availability of products we once didn’t give a second thought about obtaining are now missing, in short supply or of inferior quality. If a customer can tap into local resources for products that enrich their lives, such as flowers, then obtaining these products is not only more consistent but of higher quality.
Most commodity type flowers are bred and produced uniformly to fit in a shipping box and to hold up in that box for long distance travel. During this process they can lose some of their natural fragrance and vibrant color. Locally grown flowers are grown for the climate in which they’re cultivated which gives the customer a wider variety of choice, as well as that irreplaceable fresh scent and color. Think of the difference in appearance, quality and taste between farm raised products and store-bought products such as eggs, milk, veggies or flowers and you’ll know what I mean.
Imported flowers are often cut a week or more prior to arriving in a consumer’s hands. During this time quality and vase life decline, whereas locally grown flowers can be cut in the morning and enjoyed in your home the same day!
Flowers make you feel better! They reduce stress by improving your mood. Flowers connect us to a time, a place, a person, a season, an event. They create a story in our lives, connect us to our natural world, and remind us of a slower pace where we stop, reflect and gaze at one of the earth’s most glorious gifts.
There’s never been a better time to buy fresh flowers!
How to care for you cut flowers
Congratulations! You’ve bought a fresh cut bouquet and you want to keep it that way for as long as possible. Here’re some tips for keeping those beauties at their best:
Be sure to unwrap your flowers! Large arrangements can use all their water within a day or two, so keep an eye on the water level and replenish as needed.
Every 2-3 days thoroughly clean the flower vessel with hot soapy water or a run through the dishwasher
Trim about ½ inch off the stem when you clean the vessel and change the water. Flower stems are susceptible to bacterial build up; exposing fresh tissue from a trimmed stem not only eliminates bacteria but also helps the flower absorb water more efficiently
Avoid Direct Sunlight & Heat
Keep your blooms out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Unlike potted plants, fresh cut flowers are at their peak of perfection so leaving them near a heat source or direct sunlight forces them to ‘mature’ more quickly and not last as long
Avoid Placing Near Fruit & Veg
Avoid placing cut flowers near vegetables and fruits, especially bananas or apples. Fruits and vegetables emit an invisible gas called ethylene which is deadly to flowers causing them to drop their petals
Use Sharp Instruments When Trimming
Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears when trimming stems. Dull scissors damage stem tissue and cells making it difficult for the flower to absorb water; clean utensils keep bacteria from spreading
Get creative! These are your flowers, so feel free to spread the love by sectioning off your large bouquet into smaller arrangements placing them around your home. If you relish the sight of a big, glorious farm bouquet as a centerpiece I’m with you, but a few smaller containers are lovely too.
Sustainable, chemical free ecological practices – growing flowers that inspire and delight!
Tapestry Flower Farms grows plants the way nature intended
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Starting plants from seeds offers an opportunity to grow a wider variety of plants as well to experience the
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