Fundraising 101: Scheduling Delivery
Fundraising with flowers is a great way to raise money for your school, church, club or other organization. Flowers are widely sought after at holidays, especially Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. These holidays are a perfect way to capitalize on the demand for flowers and host a fundraiser!
There is a lot to consider when fundraising with flowers, in this post we'll discuss the best time to schedule delivery of flowers - focusing primarily on roses, carnations and greenery:
Roses: For fundraisers we recommend roses be delivered 3 days in advance. This provides ample time to prepare the flowers (cut and groom the stems and put them in water). You will want to be sure to store the roses in a cool environment so that the blooms open slowly. As a general rule of thumb, the cooler the temperature, the slower the flowers will open and the longer they will last. Storing the flowers in cooler temperatures cause the flowers to open slower and last longer. Scheduling the flowers for delivery 3 days in advance also provides an extra day should there be any sort of delay in shipping due to inclement weather or delays in mandatory customs and agriculture inspections.
Carnations: We highly recommend customers schedule carnations for delivery 3 to 4 days in advance. Carnations are EXTREMELY hardy flowers and are very easy to care for (probably the reason they are the most popular flower for fundraisers). When the carnations arrive, simply cut the stems and put them in water. Carnations do not need to be kept in a cool environment, though they should not be exposed to heat either. Once cut and placed in water, the carnations will continue to open and, under proper/simple care, should easily last 10 days. Scheduling the flowers for delivery 3 to 4 days in advance also provides an extra day should there be any sort of delay in shipping due to inclement weather or delays in mandatory customs and agriculture inspections.
Greenery (Fillers): Greenery, including Baby's Breath and Leather Leaf, can be brought in early for your fundraiser. We would recommend scheduling greenery to arrive 3 to 4 days in advance. Once received, simply cut the stems and put the greenery in water. Greenery, like carnations, does not need to be stored in a cool environment - room temperature is just fine. Scheduling greenery for delivery 3 to 4 days in advance also provides an extra day should there be any sort of delay in shipping due to inclement weather or delays in mandatory customs and agriculture inspections.
This year (2014) Valentine's Day falls on a Friday. Friday is the PERFECT day for fundraising with flowers! Schedule the flowers for delivery on Tuesday, cut, prepare and store them and they will be looking great and ready to sell on Friday! Valentine's Day on Friday also gives you one entire work week/school week to really push sales, pre-sell and make your fundraiser a smashing success!
If you have any questions about fundraising with flowers, please do not hesitate to contact The Grower's Box Sales Department at 1-888-297-3000 or email us at email@example.com.