• Betsy Busche

Sourcing Cut Flowers

Updated: May 20

The hardest part of planning a cut flower garden is finding plants that meet the criteria of producing long straight stems, grow well in Upstate New York, and are beautiful or somehow interesting. Most greenhouses sell bedding plant varieties that are purposely shorter for easy care in the border or hanging baskets with vining tendencies. They also lean towards plants that are flowering with the belief that customers won't buy plants that they cannot see the flowers now.

Local Farms and Greenhouses that Sell Cutting Varieties:

Pineview Greenhouse, Dugan Road, Richfield Springs

Many cutting varieties including lisianthus, snapdragons, Larkspur, zinnia along with drying flowers such as statice, strawflower and gomphrena. Open Monday - Saturday

Please tell them I sent you, it will make their day!

Parsons Vegetable Farm, Route 20 across from the Walmart Distribution Center, Sharon Springs (518) 284-2330

Transplants of cutting varieties lisianthus, snapdragons, asters, celosia, zinnia,etc.

Dark Hollow Farm, Smyrna

Sells at Hamilton and Clinton Farmers Market DarkHollowFarmNY@gmail.com

Carefree Gardens, Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown

Lots of the basic cost flowers such as zinnia, cosmos, stock, statice, ageratum, strawflower, and gomphrena

Sirkos Greenhouse Leonardsville, NY perennials and eucalyptus

Buying Cut Flower Seeds Online:

Johnny’s Select Seed Seeds and supplies for professional or home gardener with many ways to search including by color

Floret Flowers All about cut flowers so best resource on varieties with sort features like biennials, hardy annuals, filler and greenery

Hudson Valley Seed Company Selection of heirloom and open pollinated flower seeds

Select Seeds Hard to find heirloom varieties

Swallowtail Seed Unusual varieties plus perennial seeds

Harris Seed / Garden Trends Great source for wholesale supplies, plugs, liners and bulbs

The Gardener's Workshop All about cut flower seeds and supplies

Geoseeds professional offerings of trade packets, no pictures

Bulbs, Corms, Tubers, Plants and Bare Roots:

Swan Island Dahlia Over 350 varieties of dahlias sorted by size

Longfield Gardens Best quality of bareroots available

Annie’s Perennials and Annuals Ships plant in soil that are ready to produce, great search feature

Wayside Gardens Perennial plants, vines and shrubs

We are going to keep adding to this list, so please send your suggestions to Betsy!