Monthly Archives: October 2017

Mums

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Chrysanthemums are the staple of a fall flower.  Generally when people think of Mums they think of the typical plant variety that creates approximately 1″-2″ heads on them.  There is very impressive variety florist use that make a grand seasonal statement.  They are the Football Mum.  They feature gigantic blossoms with very sturdy stems.  They resemble a Fuji Mum, however the blossoms are much denser with petals that tend to curl inward toward the center of the blossom.  A single blossoms grows per stem and can be grown in a variety of colors- white, pink, orange, yellow, purple.  They are available all year round and can last up to 14 days in fresh cut bouquets.  This variety of flower is a beautiful choice for not only everyday mixed bouquets or sympathy designs , but makes a beautiful impact in wedding designs as well.  They are pretty all on their own or mixed with other flower varieties.  See for yourself…

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Floral Finance & Disasters

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When States that are in the business of growing fresh product suffer a catastrophe like the recent hurricanes/ flooding/ fires, etc. it can many times effect the floral industry as a whole.  Many of our products from States or Countries effected grow product we use on a regular basis.  For example last year when the southern states experience flooding & hurricanes the leather leaf production was not as plentiful or obliterated.  Leather leave is a florist staple.  The price went up 35%.  To this day the price has never gone back down.  I am learning that for our upcoming Holiday that Boxwood was recently effected and this greenery may not be available and if it is it will be at Market Price (a scary term).  Another cost consequence of natural disasters is shipping cost.  For about 3 weeks after the most recent hurricanes the price of certain fresh product like Roses went up around 15% because the shipping cost went up during those difficult times.  During these situations we try to absorb the increases and hold our prices.  Natural disasters not only effect communities directly effected but also have an economic trickle down consequence as well.

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