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Andy Hankins

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Adding Cut Flowers May Increase Profits

Vegetable growers who sell produce at farmers' markets, at roadside stands, to restaurants and to local supermarkets may find that they can bring in additional income by adding fresh cut flowers to the inventory of products they sell.

Jul 15, 2009 2906-1331
Agri-Tourism May 1, 2009 310-003
Lisianthus (Eustoma Grandiflorum), A New Species for the Cut Flower Market

A wildflower known in certain western states as Prairie Gentian has fallen into the hands of plant breeders to become a really hot new cut flower species - lisianthus. This flower is beautiful. The blooms are graceful and refined. They resemble rose buds on long sturdy stems. I

Jul 22, 2009 2906-1312
New Regulation of Wild American Ginseng Harvest and Sale

In August of 2005, the Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States Department of the Interior enacted a new regulation that affects persons who dig wild ginseng roots and for persons who buy wild ginseng roots in Virginia. The new law requires wild roots of American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, to be 10 years of age or older to be exported from Virginia.

Aug 17, 2009 2906-1388
Organic Production of Watermelons

Seedless and seeded watermelons can be grown without the use of agricultural chemicals, for organic markets. Compared to many other fruit and vegetable crops, watermelons are not heavily attacked by either insects or diseases.

Jul 27, 2009 2906-1342
Producing and Marketing Wild Simulated Ginseng in Forest and Agroforestry Systems

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium, Araliaceae family) is a familiar plant to many people in the Southern Appalachian region. For several generations, “digging sang” has been an enjoyable and profitable activity for many mountain people.

May 1, 2009 354-312
Production of Dahlias as Cut Flowers

Beginning cut flower growers, dazzled by brilliant photographs, often order dahlia tubers from bulb company catalogs for Spring planting. The hopeful grower normally pays five or six dollars per plant and either receives one single tuber or a small clump of tubers that resemble little brown yams. The grower carefully plants the tubers six inches deep in early May in full sun and hopes for the best.

Aug 11, 2009 2906-1384
Sell Cut Flowers from Perennial Summer-flowering Bulbs

Commercial producers of field-grown flower cut flowers generally have a wide selection of crops to sell in April, May and June. Many species of annual and especially perennial cut flowers bloom during these three months. A group of plants that may offer new opportunities for sales of cut flowers during mid-summer are summer-flowering bulbs.

Aug 5, 2009 2906-1370