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Cut flower growers’ conference set for March

Cut flower growers’ conference set for March
Five years ago, the U.S. Census of Agriculture estimated that the number of Virginia cut flower producers had jumped from 117 in 2007 to 227 in 2012.



Virginia orchid growers dig into a thriving market

Virginia orchid growers dig into a thriving market
Move over poinsettias, because orchids are now the top-selling potted flower in the U.S. That shift opens the door for Virginia nurseries and greenhouses to branch out in the $288 million orchid industry.



Unique orchid farm blooms in Central Virginia

Unique orchid farm blooms in Central Virginia
A unique greenhouse on 18 acres in Powhatan County houses more than 13,000 orchids; 8,000 of which are in “orchid daycare.”



A tale of two flower farmers

A tale of two flower farmers

Virginia cut flower farms grew from 117 in 2007 to 227 in 2012. Read about two flower farmers and how their businesses are blooming.




Giving gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays

Giving gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays
Flower bulbs are beautiful gifts for the holidays. Purchased from local greenhouses and nurseries, bulbs will bloom indoors, providing a bright accent on bleak winter days.



Relieve boxwoods of winter’s wear and tear

Relieve boxwoods of winter’s wear and tear
Boxwood trees are great foundation plants and also can be used for privacy screening, but they are susceptible to winter storm damage, said horticulturalist Mark Viette.



Extra attention helps cut flowers stay vibrant longer

Extra attention helps cut flowers stay vibrant longer
Cut flowers can brighten up your day—and your home. If you received fresh flowers this holiday season and want to keep them fresher longer, a little extra attention can go a long way.



Greenhouses and high tunnels allow farmers to get a jump on spring

Greenhouses and high tunnels allow farmers to get a jump on spring
Farmers will have fresh, local summer produce available sooner than ever this spring, thanks to technology that can add several weeks to growing seasons.



Gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays

Gifts of flowering bulbs can brighten the holidays
Holiday shopping for flower lovers is a snap with a gift of potted bulbs.



Poinsettia plants can brighten up any space

Poinsettia plants can brighten up any space
Trees and flowers may be dormant during the cold winter months, but colorful plants like poinsettias can brighten up any space in your home.



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