Study Focuses on Addressing Challenges of Specialty Cut Flower Production

A study published in HortTechnology shared the results of an industry survey of North American specialty cut flower producers. The survey identified current cut flower production and postharvest problems and customer issues. Analysis showed that the main perceived production problem was insect management, with crop timing the second-most important problem, and disease management third. The main postharvest problems were temperature management, hydration, and flower food management. The article provides a guide for how to best address those challenges, using 31 major crop species as a template. An additional 99 cut flower species and categories grown by enterprising local farmers are included in the article.