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Woody Cut Stems for Growers and Florists: Production and Post-Harvest Handling of Branches for Flowers, Fruit, and Foliage

By Lane Greer and John Dole

Highly recommended.


Woody cut stems are the focus of a burgeoning, worldwide business. Until now, professional growers have lacked a resource that addresses how to choose, cultivate, and handle these popular plants. Woody Cut Stems for Growers and Florists fills this gap. Includes detailed information on 100 woody genera used for cut stems, extensive production guidelines, and explanations of techniques such as pruning, coppicing, and forcing. Rounding out the book are useful charts and tables that list species according to characteristics such as color, season of bloom, use, and fragrance. Growers who have been eager to add woody cut stems to the products they produce will find all the information they need to expand their business in an exciting and profitable new direction.

Media reviews

"This long-overdue book was well worth the wait. Highly recommended."

—M. J. Stone, Choice

About the authors

Lane Greer

Lane Greer received her PhD from North Carolina State University and taught at Mississippi State University. Her interest in the production and vase life of cut flowers stemmed from her years as a flower grower. She also honed her skills at the national sustainable agriculture information service.

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John Dole

John Dole is a professor with the department of horticultural science at North Carolina State University. He has served as southern region director, treasurer, and executive advisor of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

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