NightCrawler Gardens started as a cut flower farm. We grew flowers in the field for eight years before we built our first greenhouse. This will be our third winter growing cuts indoors. After lots of experiments and trials we are getting pretty good at it. This winter we are growing Anemones and Ranunculus in the greenhouse and hoophouse.
If you know the Buttercups that bloom in the spring then you know Ranunculus. Buttercups are a different species of Ranunculus than we grow but they are similar. Ours are fully double and remind one of a Rose or Paeony. The Ranunculus we grow are "La Belle" a variety bred just for cut flowers. They have tall stems that love the cool temperatures that we run the greenhouse at over the winter. Ranunculus will die if they get too hot or cold. They don't do well outside in Ohio because the spring and fall seasons here are too short. We are growing ten colors this year, up from five last year:
Anemones are also known as Wind Flowers, they sway in the spring winds in thier native habitat. The Anemones we grow are "Galilee" another variety bred just for cut flowers. They love the exact same conditions as the Ranunculus. We grow them side by side in the same houses. We are growing five colors this year, up from four last year: