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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?

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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!

Flowers for Stress Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Gifting flowers have always been a tool used by people who wish to make others feel better. Flowers have been proven to help relieve stress and they also bring joy to people.

April is Stress Awareness Month

We have put together a list of ways to help promote this amazing cause and ways to drive business for your floral retail shop.

Engage with customers over social media

Be sure to post about this flower giving occasion over all of your social media accounts. Start to promote the month at least two weeks in advance.  This will allow enough time for more and more people to learn about the event!

Create a special day

Another great way to drive business would be to provide an enticing offer. You can invite your customers into the shop and allow them to pick out a special flower free of charge. While you have them, tell them the many mental health benefits that flowers possess. This may influence further purchases!

April is Stress Awareness Month

Customer Outreach

Anyone who purchases from your retail shop, encourage them to share with others how their flowers have helped them to deal with stress. Tell them to tag your shop in any social media posts that mention your flowers. You can even create a unique hashtag that your customers can share with others. Be sure to track the hashtag and see what your customers are saying!

Corporate clients can be key!

Contact all of your corporate clients and make them aware of this special month! Many of your clients may want to participate. Some of the customers may even purchase bouquets to hand out to their employees. This can mean serious business for your shop, so make sure that you are fully stocked!

April is Stress Awareness Month

Check out another amazing kindness initiative here!

Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we want to help celebrate this cause. Flowers have a healing nature after all! Visit our New Jersey and New York locations to pick out wholesale flowers specifically for Stress Awareness Month! Flowers can also be delivered directly to your retail location using our Flowers Express program! Spread the love with flowers for all occasions!

Brexit Could Wreak Havoc on Floral Trade

Who knew that the flower industry could possibly become affected by political decisions made throughout the world? Peter S. Goodman of The New York Times writes that Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union could potentially wreak havoc on the floral trade not only in the country but across the entire continent as well!

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Located in Holland is one of the largest wholesale floral exchanges and auctions. Flowers are auctioned off and shipped across the world. A large portion of these flowers ends up in the United Kingdom. However, with Brexit ultimately happening next March, flowers that would normally have no issues clearing customs will have to be rigorously examined and meet new regulation guidelines in order to enter the country. This could potentially cause huge disturbances in the trade industry both in and out. The longer transit times will also be an issue. Flowers are a fragile and perishable product. The longer these products travel, the shorter the vase life of the flowers for the consumer will be.

The British may have to get flowers such as roses directly from the sources (growers) instead of going through these floral exchanges. This could certainly become a challenge. Or perhaps agreements can be made between the countries of the European Union and Great Britain to make this process a bit more seamless. Regardless, this separation will undoubtedly cause rifts in the trade and distribution of all items- floral or not.

become affected by political decisions

Do you find this as interesting as we do? Will it stir up problems here too in America? We certainly hope not! Let us know what you think! Feel free to visit both our New Jersey and New York locations to see our amazing selection of fresh wholesale flowers! You can also get flowers delivered directly to your retail location with our Flowers Express program! We can’t wait to talk!

Attention! Petal It Forward 2018

The folks at SAF (Society of American Florist) are at it again! Their annual nation-wide celebration of Petal It Forward will occur on October 24, 2018. We invite you to participate and spread the word as well!

 

 

This feel-good initiative strives to spread kindness and compassion to those in your community. Whether it be a friend or a complete stranger, do something special to make their day. Those who participate in Petal It Forward are asked to purchase two flower bouquets. Find an unsuspecting individual and give them the bouquets. Tell them to keep one bouquet and give the other to another person. Tell them about the initiative and perhaps they will continue the giving. The possibilities are endless! If you live in a large city like New York, you may see people passing out flowers on the street. If you don’t see anyone in your town participating, take it upon yourself and spread the love!

As a retail florist or someone that works in the industry, you can participate by stocking up on wholesale flowers to create these bouquets. In your shop create signage to advertise the event with the arrangements pleasingly displayed. You may even get some foot traffic with people specifically looking for ways to celebrate this day, so be prepared!

Do you have any questions? How can you join this special day? Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are happy to help answer these questions! Join us at our New Jersey or New York location and speak directly to our experts. We can even ship flowers directly to your retail shop with our Flowers Express program. How will you be Petaling it Forward? Drop us a comment or talk to us on Facebook! We can’t wait to hear from all of you!

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!