Flower Growing Books

by | Jun 8, 2022 | Books, Flowers

I love books. Add flowers and gardening to that and I’m in my sweet spot! This post is all about flower growing books – the ones I have found helpful and useful on our flower growing journey. Don’t get me wrong – blogs and Google searches absolutely have their place, but books help me focus on a topic.

Updates will be made as we grow this list!

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Floret Farm and Other Dahlia Resources

I started following Erin and Floret Farm on Instagram around 2017. I was wrapping up a part-time job when I dove into the dahlia and cut flowers. We had had veggie gardens and I loved playing in the dirt around our home – my grandpa was a flower gardener and it felt like a great hobby.

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden
This book seemed to open another avenue in growing. Dahlia’s are breath-taking and this book shares how to grow them.

Floret Farm’s A Year In Flowers

Floret Farm’s Discovery Dahlias
This is an excellent resource for beginner Dahlia growers. The second half of the book is a library of the dahlia varieties that Floret has documented (although not a comprehensive list of all known dahlia varieties!).

Dahlias – Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden
A beautiful reference exclusively for dahlias – with an introduction on the history and botany of dahlias followed by some great images and information on varieties.

Dahlia Breeding

After following Erin for a while, I picked up on her connection with Kristine Albrecht. Kristine is a breeder grower out of Santa Cruz and I’ve learned so much about propagating, breeding, and a little about dahlia genetics. Kristine posts on Instagram as does her husband, who shares some more behind-the-scenes information on Kristine’s work.

Dahlia Breeding for the Farmer-Florist and the Home Gardener
Kristine does a lovely job laying out the process in this book. While I don’t strive to breed dahlias for show, she covers it all!

General Gardening

I read footnotes. It’s like a little find and seek for hidden treasure – and a great source of more information! These books were referenced in other books above and they are full of growing information!

The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers

How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine