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Flowers for profit...in the high desert?

 
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Hello!
My husband and I have a piece of property in Arizona (elev. 4500, east of kingman). It is totally bare right now as we haven't even moved there yet. Anyway I'm just wondering if there are any resources for growing flowers for profit in the desert that someone can throw my way. I'm mostly interested in utilizing greenhouses throughout the year.

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Hi, Lindsay
Welcome to permies!  I have been waiting to hear replies from others for your topic.

I am at a slightly lower elevation from you and do not use a greenhouse.  The reason is that DH feels that a greenhouse will be too hot inside, might be great for winter or early spring plants.  Since most flowers have a certain bloom time I am not sure how that would work for you.

I do not market garden. What I wanted to share is that sage plants do really well for me.  Also firewheels do well and I have seen them in the local floral shop here.  I am also trying lavender this year but my plants are small but don't seem to like the dry heat conditions. Your native plants will give you better success so check out what local floral shops are selling.  You might find some that they are not selling that will work for you.

I hope you will share how things work out for you.
 
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hau Lindsay, growing flowers requires two things, proper moisture in the soil and temperatures in the right range for the plant, otherwise they will wilt and the flowers produced will not be "peak".

Green houses in hot, dry climates that would be used for growing the normal market flowers (i.e.) carnations, roses, daisies, etc. might need air conditioning and humidifiers to create the right environment for proper growth.
Research to see if there are any such establishments in areas that match yours and then contact them for some advice

It sounds like it will be doable, I just don't have enough data to get more specific with hints or help.

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We are at a nice point in time, I think, where flower sales have advanced past just the traditional flowers. There's a line available here that sales locally grown flowers. Right now they have, in addition to some more traditional flowers, things like dill blooms.

I don't have any knowledge of growing with a greenhouse. In my area people are more likely to build shade houses because many plants can't thrive in the full intensity of a Texas summer sun. You might keep that in mind when designing your greenhouse. Often such structures can be converted seasonally and that may better suit your purposes.

Sunflowers have become very popular, even in more traditional arrangements and would be more tolerant of desert conditions than most. So long as we dead head, our wild ones give us continuous bloom for six or more months. In a true desert they would probably need some watering, but relatively little.

My mother often laments how small the roses are in our area. She grew up in the deserts of California and with supplemental watering and no rainy days the blooms grew enormous. I've never heard of them suffering from too much light.

I don't know if they can take full desert sun, but gladiolus and alliums don't need supplemental shade here. They have the advantage of being something that can be planted in succession to create a continual harvest from early summer through early fall.

I would think so long as you can provide water, it would be both easier and more cost efficient to grow the majority of your plants outside. I'm in a warmer climate so it's not a direct comparison, but in warm winters I've had roses blooming in December, Iris start in January, and roses start again in February. All of these are planted in the ground in my front yard. How much of the year do you think your plants would need the protection of a greenhouse?
 
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