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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!

Beautiful Summer Blooms to Look Forward to…

When you think of summer, you must think of fresh flowers and bright colors, right? We do too! Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we want to be your source for beautiful summer blooms. Keep reading to learn more about our favorite summer flowers!

Gladiolus

This tall colorful bloom is an essential summertime flower. Colors can range from pink to purple to yellow to orange and more. These flowers add height and structure to any floral design. We love “glads” because of their versatility and longevity. Keep in mind they are a true summer flower. Their season is short so offer these in arrangements at your retail shop while you can!

 beautiful summer blooms
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Proper Floral Care for Retail Florists

Teach them the right way!

You own a retail floral shop and have just hired a handful of new employees. They have zero experience working with flowers. Where to begin? We love inviting newcomers into our exciting industry, so here is a helpful guide to train your new employees how to process your wholesale blooms:

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

Sanitize

Sanitize cooler buckets and the surrounding areas. Make sure that that floral coolers are disinfected. This will not only keep your workspace clean but also help the longevity of the flower’s vase life. Clean working area thoroughly before and after working. Great habits begin during training!

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

Process Fragile Flowers First

Begin processing fragile and water-sensitive flowers first. This may seem straightforward and common sense, but for a newbie to the industry, this is a helpful piece of advice. Allow those flowers that need the extra rehydration plenty of time to rest in cool and clean water.

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

Finish with Greenery

Also, make sure that your new employees know how to handle greenery. These items do need rehydration as well however, they tend to be much hardier than the delicate petals of flowers. This means that your new employees should learn to save processing greenery until last. Once each flower has been properly taken care of, you can then begin to work with the foliage you’ve received from your wholesaler.

Display Blooms and Arrangements Attractively

 

If your retail shop has a cooler that can be seen by your customers it is important to display your processed flowers and arrangements in a pleasing manner. Let your new employees know that they should not just throw items into the cooler haphazardly. Customers will be attracted and will potentially convince them to make a purchase when they see a beautifully organized cooler.

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

This seems simple enough! A crash course in proper processing is even helpful to veterans in the industry. It is always a good time to learn new things and catch up. Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we love to talk with our customers. What questions do you have? What tips do you have for training new employees? We can’t wait to hear from you!

Corporate Relationships are Key

Business relationships are imperative regardless of the industry. Wholesale and retail florists can develop partnerships with many types of customers. One of the most important is corporate customers. Learn why corporate relationships can be key to running a successful business!

Business relationships are imperative

Also known as B2B (Business to Business),  this type of customer is special in that you have gotten to know them and their floral needs. Corporate clients can be some of the most loyal. They will reach out to your retail shop when looking for a way to enhance the look of their offices. Flowers have also proven to improve the moods of people which ultimately can increase the overall productivity of its employees.

Once you’ve developed a trusting rapport it is likely that your corporate clients will continue to use your services. This will become a steady part of your business. They may even set up weekly or bi-weekly orders with your shop! Your B2B recipient will enjoy the ease of fresh flowers delivered directly to their locations. However, do not take this for granted, as budgets and timelines can vary or change over time.

Overall, these customers like the personal touch. They like that you know them by name and that they can easily get in contact with you for any changes or new orders. Reach out often to see how they are enjoying your floral designs. Do they need additional product next week? Etc.

Business relationships are imperative

Maintaining corporate relationships can be immensely important to the growth of your business. Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. We would love to be the source for your wholesale blooms which will adorn the hallways, entryways, and executive suites of these corporate clients. Visit our New Jersey and New York locations or enjoy the convenience of door to door delivery with our Flower Express program.

Floral Wholesalers can Use Technology Too!

Everyone is online these days

Regardless of the industry, you work in, using technology as a leverage tool is key. Everyone is online these days! It is very important to learn how using today’s technology can help increase your business by ten-fold. Here are some helpful tips when using technology within the wholesale floral industry:

Increased Methods for Sales

If your retail shop has a website, you may want to consider setting up a storefront online. You can get additional business from those cruising around the Internet. Take sales and show your inventory for those curious as well. You can also take orders via email for those who not comfortable using the online storefront.

Use Social Media to Market your Business

create social media accounts and regularly update them. People can find your business from a simple Google search. Having these social media accounts will help to be more easily searchable and accessible too.

Everyone is online these days

Create a Business Listing

You can create business listings on websites where people are looking for floral services. Wedding Wire or The Knot are websites where brides can find your shop or wholesale location. Use these resources as methods to find customers who may have not otherwise found your shop.

Set up Lines for Communication

Just by being online means you have already set up stronger ways to communicate with both customers, growers, and your employees. Increased communication also means higher productivity which can do wonders for your overall profits and sales. Be sure to regularly check in with those responsible for the day to day runnings of your business and the vendors you work with. Remember that communication is key!

Everyone is online these days

Technology can be a blessing in that we are more connected and can run our wholesale floral businesses more effectively. Do you have any other questions on how technology can be beneficial to us in this industry as well as others? Visit our website to see this work in action! We can’t wait to hear from you!