I’ll be the first to admit that I personally don’t have the best record when it comes to attempting to grow stock flowers. Sure, I’ve had some success, but none of the super amazing harvests of cut flowers that you see from “real” flower farmers. Even so, I thought we would just take a quick second to look at the process of selecting stock seedlings.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about this process, but what I do know intrigues me. Most commonly, you see heirloom scented stock seed offered online. These plants almost always produce single flowers. However, many stock flowers used specifically for use as cut flowers. Because of this many have been selected for their double flowering form. Though seed mixes do not produce 100% double flowers, there’s a weird way that you can tell the difference between the two.
As it turns out, stock seedlings exposed to cold temperatures will vary in appearance. Those which will produce double flowers are prone to have yellowish, lighter green appearance. I’ve also heard that they are more oval shaped and quicker to germinate, but I’m not certain how true that actually is. Regardless, some flower farmers choose to specifically pick these plants, so as to grow as many doubles as possible. I personally don’t do this, because I enjoy the single flowers just as much. Besides, it’s not like my backyard flower garden is making me any money. Lol.
That’s it for this post! I’d love to hear about any experiences you have down in the comments below. I hope you’re having a great day!