The Spring Effect Returns!



“It’s okay, honey. I… I was just talking to the cornfield.”
                                                Character Ray Kinsella in the movie “Field of Dreams”

Spring is officially here. Wow, what a winter it has been.  Record rains and record snowfall across California. This bodes very well for anyone involved in agriculture…or skiing!

Yellow Phytalos Butterfly Ranunculus
Yellow Phytalos Butterfly Ranunculus

CNN reports that our snow-pack is at about 136% above historical levels, which is ideal, as this water will slowly melt into the state’s streams, rivers and aquifers.
 



To give you some perspective, Mammoth Mountain ski resort has received 37 feet of snow this year!
Air and soil temperatures are warming, longer hours of sun, and plenty of water mean the arrival of what we at Sun Valley fondly call “The Spring Effect.”

Yellow Bouquet Ranunculus
Yellow Bouquet Ranunculus

We grow flowers year-round, and honestly, some days this can be a challenge. As an example, our gorgeous lilies need about 12 hours of light a day to perform at their peak.  This mean using artificial light for about 4 hours a day in late December at the shortest day of the year.

In summer, sometimes the heat wants to bring the flowers to bloom too soon, so we work hard to keep the crop cool and covered in shade.

Royal LA Hybrid Lilies enjoying sun
Royal LA Hybrid Lilies enjoying sun

Spring though, is when nature aligns with our goals as flower farmers…or is it the other way around?

Right now our efforts are facilitated my nature, bringing a robust harvest across our crop calendar.
Luckily, this is also the time of year consumers are thinking about flowers. The natural signs of spring are everywhere, birds chirping, trees budding and of course rainbows galore.

Sun Valley Floral Farms, Arcata CA.
Sun Valley Floral Farms, Arcata CA.

This is the time when flower sales take on a life of their own, and you don’t need any marketing or holiday messages, you simply need to fill up you buckets and let spring do its thing!
 
Spring builds this excitement and we are ready to help your customers as they come.
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