Reseller badges are generally the envy of any flower lover. Those who have a badge for shopping at the wholesale market have filled out the paperwork for a membership or have a vendor license. However, the general public does not have to be left out of the deep discounts and wide selection of flowers sold at the market. Most wholesale markets have general public hours that can be found on their websites or by contacting them directly. Buy your next large batch of cut and container grown plants from the wholesale market.
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Things you need
- Bypass shears
- Flower food packet
Check your local Yellow Pages book for the wholesale markets nearest you. You can also type "wholesale flower market" in a search engine with the name of your town to access their websites.
Set your alarm clock for an early morning hour. Large floral companies and other businesses arrive as early as 2 or 3 a.m. to get the best selection of flowers.
Write down an idea of what you want to purchase. Because many wholesale markets can overwhelm the most organised people, it is best to come to the market with a clear idea of the colours or flowers that you want to use. In addition, set out all the vases you plan to fill so that they ready to use when you get home.
Visit the wholesale market. Walk around first to get an overview of the entire selection from vendors. If they offer a map, write down the names of the places you wish to return to after walking around.
Purchase your flowers and take them home immediately. Fresh cut flowers do not survive long inside of cars.
Tips and warnings
- Cut the bottom of any fresh cut flowers at an angle and under water. Place the flowers inside a vase with warm water and a flower food packet.
- Avoid placing any of the fresh cuttings in any draughty area or place inside the home that have temperature fluctuation.
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