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Flower Spotlight: Carnations

For this month’s flower spotlight, we’d like to give credit where credit is due to an unsung hero of the floral industry, carnations. They get a bad rap and are always being passed over but we think they deserve better! We have a few reasons why we think Carnations deserve a comeback!

  1. Affordability. You can’t beat their affordability. There aren’t many other flowers that can boast such a wonderful price point. When making a larger centerpiece, carnations and their low price point can be very handy as a filler. Mini carnations also make a wonderful filler flower and at such an inexpensive cost.
  • Color. Besides roses, carnations offer one of the largest arrays of colors in the industry. The increasingly popular burgundy and peach carnations have become a staple in many shops giving an illusion of a small peony. Here at main we also offer moon carnations in stunning shades of purple. Everything from lavender to deep, dark, almost black. These come at a slightly higher price point but are still much more affordable than many of their counterparts.
  • Versatility. The carnation has long been used in many different styles of arrangements and events. We have seen it in its heyday being used in black-tie soirees along side roses, lisianthus and spray roses. It also lends itself to a rustic, wildflower feel in many of the shades it comes in. The burgundy, orange and yellow are perfect for a fall themed arrangement. White and red make a beautiful winter time bouquet. Spring and summer boast beautiful pinks, peach, lavender, and the soft green.

Carnations have so many wonderful qualities and personally we would love to see them get more recognition and use! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we know they will getting lots of love!

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:

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

Don’t Fear the Valentine’s Day Rush

We all know that Valentine’s Day is the busiest and most stressful time of year for wholesale florists and retailers. This holiday is the season where people want to express their love for others by giving gorgeous flowers. Here are some tips to help manage this crazy holiday:

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1. Get orders in early:

Place your Valentine’s orders sooner than later. Here’s the scenario: everyone is looking for red flowers but all of a sudden red roses could become impossible to source. Wholesale florists know this problem all too well. Wholesale florists need to place their orders as far in advance as possible with their growers to ensure that there will be plenty of products in stock to satisfy the high demand. Retailers must also get their orders in with reasonable time to their wholesalers for the same exact reason. Sometimes the availability of red roses is out of the wholesale florist’s control and they will have to come up with other options to offer in its place. Have a backup plan!

2. Try to offer flowers other than the standard staples:

This seems like a no brainer as not everyone is looking for Red Freedom roses or carnations during Valentine’s. Many retail florists come to their wholesale florist looking for something unique to offer to their customers. Don’t just offer the standard red flower. Offer different varieties of flowers in pink, white, cream, lavender, and even burgundy. Many Valentine’s Day customers are searching for colorful and happy looking products to show people how much they love them.

3. The craziness only lasts for a short while:

Sure, this holiday can get busy and unpredictable. However, like most things, the stress will subside. Wholesale florists are here to make Valentine’s Day easier by offering high-quality products that anyone would love to display.

Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are thrilled to share advice and answer questions regarding your Valentine’s Day needs. Click here to learn about our Flower Express Service and have your wholesale Valentine’s Day flowers shipped directly to your retail location.

Don’t Underestimate the Calla Lily

We love our Calla Lilies here at Main Wholesale Florist! This diverse flower signifies magnificent beauty and should be something that you always keep in-stock at your shop.

If you want a flower that is totally unique and one that can be used in so many different ways, then consider reviewing our selection of calla lilies offered here at Main Wholesale Florist! Joe Guggia, AIFD, loves to hang them from the ceiling and walls to create intricate displays. These spectacular flowers can retain their freshness for many hours without a water source. He also says that the stems of calla lilies are extremely flexible and can be bent in creative ways to enhance your floral designs! 

callaCalla lilies also make wonderful additions to any arrangement that your customers will fall in love with. Calla lilies can be used for all sorts of occasions such as weddings, parties, and funerals. This flower can certainly hold its own! Try suggesting an all Calla Lily bouquet to your brides or try submerging them in water-filled cylinder vases for an elegant centerpiece. This functional flower comes in an astounding array of colors and sizes. Their cylindrical shape is like no other and will certainly wow your customers! Even better, these beauties are available year-round! Click here to learn about our Flower Express Service and have calla lilies shipped directly to your retail location.

Petal It Forward

Main Wholesale Florist feels that it is very important to share special events that are going on through out the floral industry:

Join SAF on October 7th for their Petal It Forward Campaign. SAF will be hitting the streets of New York City to hand out two flower bouquets to unsuspecting people. The hope is that these people will present one of the bouquets or “pay it forward” to another individual. The goal is to spread happiness and to share the joy of flowers. Doing good deeds for others has always been a part of our culture. People love to make others feel special

bouquetThe main objective of this campaign is to spread the word about the positive effects that flowers can have on people. They truly help the emotional well-being of people and are calming to look at. If you receive a bouquet on October 7th, post it to Instagram using the hash tag #PetalItForward and tag SAF @About_Flowers.

Florists, be sure to stock your shops with flowers from Main Wholesale Florist because customers will be flocking in to purchase beautiful bouquets in order to spread the good. Click here to learn about our Flower Express Service and have orders shipped to your retail location.