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Five Generations of Growers
Krieger Greenhouses is a fifth generation family company that operates two locations in Jefferson and Boone, Iowa. We supply young plants to several large retail stores. Our greenhouses produce spring bedding plants and flowering annuals as well as garden vegetables and herbs. We also specialize in cultivating popular seasonal plants like mums, poinsettias and Easter lilies.

We are known for providing excellent quality plants and service. We work closely with retail buyers and closely monitor their buying decisions. Then, we incorporate what we learn into our growing strategy, so that we are able to meet the demands of the customer.

Krieger Greenhouses is pledged to provide each and every customer with the highest quality product at the lowest price possible. We invite you to explore the products and services that make us so unique.
Thank you for your interest!

The Krieger Family

Our Facility

Krieger’s Flower Shop

Bringing Beautiful Flowers to Your Door
Krieger’s Flower Shop offers a large variety of fresh flowers, plants and silk arrangements. Our goal has always been to exceed our customers’ expectations with quality, value and professional service for 117 years! We are proud to offer traditional or custom designs for our bouquets and arrangements. We feature on time delivery and our personal attention to every order. Flowers are an elegant and tasteful gift for many occasions. Call us today at (515) 386-8164 to place your order.

We have beautiful green and blooming plants along with cactus dish gardens all housed in our flourishing greenhouse. We can create a floral arrangement that fits your style and provide you with that extra touch you seek in a florist. We also carry plush animals, custom gift baskets, as well as a wide variety of mylar and latex balloons.
We proudly serve the Greene County area with daily deliveries and we are located only minutes from area hospitals, churches and funeral homes. We are a full service florist and will handle your floral or gift giving needs with enthusiasm and dedication.

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Our Story

Carl Krieger and his business partner Carl J. Klemm originally founded Krieger Greenhouses in 1892 in Mason City, Iowa. Later, Carl and his wife Elsa purchased twenty acres of land on the north side of town. They thought this would be an ideal place to start their own truck garden and raise their young family.

They faced enormous obstacles. Only a small portion of the land had ever been tilled so more land needed to be cleared for their garden and hot beds for their plants needed to be built. The small well was inadequate for their needs, so a new well was dug, which flowed with clear water. At this bend of the river, the water frequently overflowed during the spring rains and ice-breakup, and deposited a layer of sand and silt.
With horse-drawn equipment, the Kriegers hauled load after load of manure from Decker’s stockyards and plowed it into the soil to enrich it. Finally, the first garden was planted, nurtured, and the first produce was harvested. Elsa set off for Mason City with a wagonload of fresh vegetables while Carl worked the gardens.

Carl and Elsa had four sons, shown here in December 1919. Left to right: Front- Elsa (age 40), George (9), Carl (56); Back- William (15), Richard (17), Carl (13); Prince

At first, young vegetable plants were bought from a company that shipped them from Texas. In a couple of years, they built their own heated greenhouses which enabled them to start their own vegetables and grow some plants year around. The first greenhouses that were built on the property were a series of four long houses joined at the sides. The greenhouses abutted an embankment that ran north and south. The west end of the greenhouses was half below ground level and was entered by going down three or four steps.
A few years later, two greenhouses were built adjoining the house on the south. The greenhouse against the house could be entered from the living room. The door opened onto an elevated walkway with a series of landings which spiraled down to the main level of the greenhouse. While the other greenhouses contained mundane tomato and pepper plants, this one usually had more exotic and interesting species like a huge Century plant, many varieties of cacti and colorful fuchsias. The first greenhouses north of the house had their own furnace and heating system, but the greenhouses that adjoined the home were warmed by the house system.

As soon as they were old enough to know a weed from a rutabaga, the four Krieger sons were expected to lend a hand in the greenhouse after school and on weekends. When the growing season was over, there were tools and machinery to be cleaned and repaired. They all learned the business from the ground up- literally, and their efforts played an important part in the growth of the family enterprise. About 1918, the first truck was purchased and proudly lettered;

“MODEL TRUCK GARDENS  
C.G. Krieger & Sons”

When Carl proudly added the “…and Sons” to the name of his truck garden, he and Elsa had hoped the name would remain for many years, and that the four boys would continue in the family enterprise even after their marriages. Their sons did begin their married lives in the business, but eventually all except George left to pursue other occupations.

Carl passed away in December of 1932, at the age of 69. George and his wife, Dorothy, were living with Carl and Elsa at the time of his death and remained on the homestead to run the family business with Elsa. All three of their children were born there. Their first son, Ernest, who’s birth Carl had so eagerly anticipated, eventually brought the family business to Jefferson, Iowa.