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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!

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!

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Keep Your Wholesale Blooms Cold

You may want to wear a sweater, it is going to get chilly in here! It is well known that keeping your wholesale blooms in cold temperatures allows them to last as long as possible. Why is this though and why does it matter?

keeping your wholesale blooms

On a scientific level, storing flowers at cool temperatures, roughly 30 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit, reduced the depletion of stored sugars within their foliage. It also helps reduce disease causing bacteria and protects flowers from ethylene, a gas produced by dying flowers. Keeping your floral cooler in working order should be on the top of your priority list when running a successful business. Be sure to routinely service your coolers to make sure they are running at their highest efficiency possible!

Some florists will keep their coolers at temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit in effort to save money on energy costs. However, this may weaken the lifespan of your wholesale blooms. Another problem that you may not think about is displaying blooms outside of coolers. This may allow your customers to get close up views of your inventory and can convince those impulse buyers to purchase flowers, but overall, the warmer temperatures will age the flowers at a quicker rate. In fact, each day flowers are stored outside of your coolers, they will lose a day of life. If you desire to display blooms outside, perhaps leave some out and others in the cooler on rotation, switching every few hours.

As a professional retail florist this should be old news to you! But if you do have questions, here at Main Wholesale Florist we are happy to help! Can you recommend any other tips to increase the longevity of wholesale flowers? Visit our New Jersey and New York locations to speak with sale representatives directly! We can’t wait to show you our coolers stocked with the highest quality products!