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Why grow cut flowers in tunnels?

Cut flowers in high tunnel at Cornell's East Ithaca facility

Cut flowers in high tunnel at Cornell’s East Ithaca facility

  • To extend the growing season in spring and fall.
  • To improve flower quality and stem length.
  • To reduce troubles from some diseases and insects.
  • To grow flowers that aren’t adapted to field culture.
  • To increase profits. Selling to farmers markets and florists during summers in 2006 and 2007 resulted in net income of $2.08 per square foot for lisianthus, and $0.14 for early sunflowers in the Ithaca, N.Y. area.

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