Dahlia Flower Plugs and Soil Amendments
Grant Award: $6,000
Since 1997, Daniel and Lori have operated The Flower Company Farmer and Florist in Otto, NC. This full-service florist specializes in local grown specialty cut flowers including dahlias and uncommonly found cut flower varieties such as zinnia, cosmos, larkspur, lily, yarrow, sedum, hydrangea and others.
They service weddings, events, restaurants, country clubs and churches, while taking daily orders online from their website, including delivery services. To meet the extremely high demand of dahlias and specialty cut flowers in all their markets, Daniel and Lori expanded their crops to triple dahlia production and double other specialty cut flower varieties.
They purchased seeds, plugs, dahlia bulbs and soil amendments. Not only did production increase, they anticipate becoming the largest and most successful flower farm and florist in western North Carolina.