Fall Favorites!

With the cool, crisp weather approaching, we have so many beautiful blooms to look forward to! Here is a look at some of our favorites for the autumn season..

Chrysanthemums-

We just love a bronze chrysanthemum! They can be arranged on their own in multiple colors or as a pop of fall to any arrangement. Brides love the bronze colors for fall as well! We have seen so many beautiful weddings incorporate either bronze or red rover mums. Red rover mums make an adorable boutonniere! Weather you are using them for an everyday arrangement or a wedding, you can’t go wrong with chrysanthemums for fall!

Cattail-

Cattail is another fall favorite! With its height and rustic, fall vibe, you can add it to pretty much any autumn themed floral design for a win. Cattails have long been used in medicinal ways as well as it’s seasonal aesthetic. It looks great paired with some tall green grasses to give the illusion it is in nature.

Coxcomb-

A fun fact about coxcomb is that it is named for its resemblance to a rooster’s head! We love the bright and beautiful colors coxcomb comes in. From the reddish hot pink to the burnt and bright orange we think adds a pop of color to any seasonal arrangement! Try pairing it with hydrangeas for a unique arrangement!

Safflower-

This thistle-like flower works perfectly as a whimsical filler flower for the fall. It’s punchy orange and yellow hue combined with its spikey texture bring some fun to your chrysanthemums, greens and roses. Safflower oil has health benefits as well!

Check out all of our seasonal beauties today by stopping in! We get a wonderful selection of fall favorites in daily!

Petal it Forward 2019

SAF’s annual nation-wide petal it forward event will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. It’s a wonderful event that we always encourage all our customers to take part in.

What is Petal it forward?

 Petal it forward is a day where local florists can hand out beautiful bouquets to worthy recipients. It is an event to raise awareness of the joy of flowers as well as a way to gain potential new customers. We think this a lovely way to gain new customers, flowers are always a wonderful surprise especially when unsuspected! Petal it forward often makes local news headlines as well as people’s day!

How can you participate?

The best part of petal it forward is that you choose how much you’d like to participate. You can make the event as big or small as you’d like. Whether you are handing out a few stems of flowers, or a bunch of beautiful bouquets, the point of petal it forward is to spread awareness of the wonderful effects flowers can bring to people so even making one person’s day will make it all worth it! SAF has a sign-up sheet on their website that you can find more information and list your flower shop as a participating shop.

Why petal it forward?

We all know how much flowers mean to us, since we are in the business however, it is always nice to remind people of the importance of flowers. We are a wonderful industry and most local shops could always use their community support; this is a way to show how we can support our community! The event is also fun and exciting for your employees! If you choose to participate, you can give your employees the task of finding unsuspecting recipients for the flowers and everyone enjoys bringing a smile to someone’s face!

We do hope you will take part in this wonderful event and be sure to share the fun on your social media!

Sunflower Season!

The end of summer into early fall boasts the most beautiful sunflowers of the season. As we approach that season, here is an inside look at all things sunflower!

Sunflowers are native to the U.S. and due to that, a large portion of the sunflowers we sell here at Main Wholesale Florist at this time of year are from local growers. They vary in size and shape but the stems can be up to a whopping 30”! The flower heads themselves range from about 3”-5”. They are usually all yellow or have the traditional brown center that people love so much. They symbolize adoration, loyalty, and longevity which make them wonderful for a wide array of occasions.

Sunflowers are also hardy which makes them a great selection. They can last up to a week which customers always love. They are also perfect for a summer or autumn wildflower wedding. These make great accompaniments to other seasonal, local favorites such as gomphrena, and celosia. Try pairing them with bright colors such as purple or hot pink!

Sunflowers are celebrated especially around harvest season as they have been for centuries. We love a good sunflower arrangement for fall! Whether you love sunflowers because of their bright, bold color’s or because they symbolize the start of autumn and harvest season, one thing is for sure, you’re not alone in that! Everyone loves sunflowers and with their versatility, it’s not hard to see why.

Shop wholesale sunflowers from Main Wholesale Florist and be sure to check out our flowers express program so you can have beautiful sunflowers shipped directly to you!

For the Love of Tulips: A History

For as long as there have been flowers, people have loved tulips! They are the perfect flower for any occasion or time of year. With a variety of colors and texture, it is no surprise these wholesale flowers are highly sought after. Where did this admiration come from and why can’t we get enough of this lovely bloom?

people have loved tulips

Where it all began

Bruce Wright from the Society of American Florists (SAF) states that in the early 1600s, Dutch merchants and explorers traveled from Turkey and further east bringing back loads of spices, tobacco, and even flower bulbs such as tulips. These bulbs, when planted in the Netherlands, flourished substantially.

Wright also comments that the Dutch were the first to create their own stock exchange. At a time of economic uncertainty, they began trading and selling tulip bulbs. They became a form of currency. People everywhere wanted to get in on this exciting venture. Their higher demand resulted in prices rising swiftly. They were a luxurious commodity, mostly enjoyed by the wealthy class.

Tulip Mania

Wright then states that “tulip mania” occurred in in 1637 when their price bounced negatively. Things started to turn toward the worst. As their value decreased so did their importance in society. While people still admired the flowers, that’s all they were. They were no longer treated as a currency.

people have loved tulips

How about today?

Tulips are a huge export out of the Netherlands. Holland is known for its vast and picturesque flower fields full of tulips. They are a staple for retail florists and we like it that way! Now you know why people have loved tulips and will continue to do so!

Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are happy to help with any questions. Do you adore tulips? Tell us why!

Do you need some wholesale tulips for your retail location? We can deliver them directly to your retail location with our flowers express service.

Learn about another great wholesale flower here!

Baby’s Breath: A Favorite Filler

What is Baby’s Breath?

Baby’s breath or also commonly called gypsophila is one of the most popular filler flowers for retail florists. These blooms have tiny white buds that are clustered on long lush stems. Gysophila represents undying love and romance making them a great selection for wedding design and Valentine’s Day.

Affectionately nicknamed Gyp, this filler can be paired with just about any bloom. Typically paired with roses and leather leaf fern, it is smart to keep this flower readily available in your retail shop.

Florists love baby’s breath mainly because of its versatility and long-lasting vase life. With many varieties and even some spray-tinted blooms, there are endless ways to incorporate baby’s breath into designs for your customers.

Trending?

Many thought that baby’s breath was on its way out. But recently they have been making a come back into our culture and design. You may find customers requesting it at a higher rate. Soon-to-be brides will bombard you with their Pinterest boards full of baby’s breath mason jar arrangements and table decor chock-full of these pretty petals.

Gysophila represents undying love

Some of our favorite varieties

Million Star

Million star is the most widely used and purchased of the baby’s breaths. It has smaller blooms than other varieties with green stalks.

Excellence

This variety has slightly larger blooms with bright white buds. Pair with roses and hydrangeas for a classic look your customers will love!

Overtime

Gypsophila overtime has the largest blooms. While still small, these blossoms will add a great punch of white to any floral arrangement.

Do you have any questions? Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are always happy to help with your ordering needs. Stock up on baby’s breath at both our New Jersey and New York locations. We can also deliver wholesale flowers directly to your retail business or ship with our flowers express service.

We can’t wait to hear from you!