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#247: Dave Dowling’s June Q&A on Ask A Flower Farmer

by | Jul 18, 2023

This episode features a takeover of our popular weekly live Q&A session on Instagram, called Ask a Flower Farmer. This one was guest hosted by Dave Dowling of Ball/ColorLink. Dave is also a former flower farmer and the instructor for our online course: Flower Farming School Online: Bulbs, Perennials, Woodies, and More. Dave is always happy to share his knowledge with our listeners! Here, he answers questions about many different flowers, including peonies, campanula, flowering kale, stock, calla lilies, eucalyptus, and many more.

Other topics mentioned:

  • Best cut-flower varieties of Baptisia, Ninebark, and Smokebush
  • Selling flowers to restaurants
  • Eucalyptus growing tips
  • Celosia high tunnel growing
  • Butterfly ranunculus harvesting
  • Best perennials for newer growers
  • Didiscus planting
  • Ethylene-sensitive plants
  • Obedient plant
  • Bronze Fennel
  • Alliums
  • Using beneficial insects to treat aphids
  • Deer-resistant perennials


Dave’s Online Course: Flower Farming School Online: Bulbs, Perennials, Woodies, and More!

Ball/Colorlink: Wholesale Plant, Bulb, & Seed Supplier

Lisa’s Online Course: Flower Farming School Online: The Basics, Annual Crops, Marketing, and More!

Ellen’s Online Course: Florist School Online: Growing Your Business with Local Flower Sourcing

Lisa’s Book, Cool Flowers

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The Field and Garden Podcast is produced by Lisa Mason Ziegler, award-winning author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers, owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, Flower Farming School Online, and the publisher of Farmer-Florist School Online and Florist School Online. Watch Lisa’s Story and connect with Lisa on social media!