Camellias have been a prized possessions of gardeners for decades. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. These evergreen shrubs produce an abundance of showy flowers measuring up to 5 to 6 inches in diameter in late winter or early spring. Colors range from white, yellow and pink to reds and purples with plenty of variations in between. Camellias make a dramatic display inside the home, especially when you include a few of their glossy green leaves. And nothing says spring quite like camellias in bloom.
I got the inspiration for growing plants on this environmental day when I was given a sapling in my office. I was very happy to receive it however I didn’t get the one with flower buds (which was more beautiful) which many others received. So I took the pot home ana started taking care of that sapling and in few days that sapling gave flower buds. I was very happy since I grew it and it made me feel that if we grow more plants we can help our environment with go green initiative. Since then I visit a nursery near my place frequently and buy saplings of different kind.
“It just need little efforts and patience”.
Flowers are a big part of peopleâs lives. Their beauty and color allows us to convey our messages perfectly Â get-well-soon for our sick friends and family, congratulatory messages to a newly promoted colleague, condolences to a grieving family, and to express our love to another person. Every occasion is celebrated with flowers.
The first step to starting a florist business is to determine what kind of service you want to provide. There are three major kinds of a florist business:
1. Wholesale florist service ÂÂ â supplies retailers with fresh-cut flowers and potted plants. They may sell and deliver directly to flower and flower shops or they may sell wholesale produce and flower markets. Some wholesale florists are growers as well. This kind of business requires extensive knowledge, experience, and funding; and thus, is not suitable for start-up entrepreneurs.
2. Retail florist serviceÂ â ranges in size and function from a hospital flower kiosks to large flower shops in the mall serving different customer needs. A flower shop may focus on providing arrangements for weddings, funerals, gifts, and other occasions and deliveries. A business floral service caters to business people and whose floral designs tend to be more conservative and longer-lasting. A hospital flower kiosk offers primarily bright and cheerful flowers that need little maintenance as possible. You can also choose to create a niche. There are some online stores that sell roses primarily.
3. Floral supplierÂ â Â sell the various non-growing components that floral designers use in making arrangements: ribbons, vases, baskets, floral foam, wreath, frames, stands and other supplies. This kind of business requires extensive inventory and an efficient distribution system.
Recommended Books on Starting a Flower Shop Business:
- How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Florist and Floral Business Both Online and Off with Companion CD-ROM REVISED 2ND EDITION (How to Open and Operate a Financially Successfulâ¦)
- Start Your Own Florist Shop and Other Floral Businesses (StartUp Series)
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- Mobile Florist Business
- Retail Florist Manual
If youâre new to flower growing or youâve dabbled for a little while and now youâre ready to get serious, spending a little time getting clear is an absolute must. Today, weâre going to do a little assessment to figure out what youâve got to work with, what limitations you have to consider and what your flower needs are. These details are critical in making a good, solid plan that will reward you with a successful, flower filled season.
So, before we dig into the nitty gritty how-to posts, I want you to take a little time and answer these six important questions. The process will help narrow down your choices and youâll get really clear, really fast. From here planning will be so much easier.
How much space do you have to work with?Â
Even if you only have a few pots on your deck or a small garden plot in your backyard, itâs still possible to have fresh flowers in your life. But before you go hog wild ordering up a storm, itâs important to get an idea of how much good growing ground you can actually set aside.
How much time and energy do you have to devote to this project?
This is the question I hate to answer the most! While Iâve figured out how to squeeze ridiculous amounts of flowers into our tiny plot of land, I still havenât cracked the code on adding more hours into the day.
How much money can you invest in your garden this season?Â
While growing your own flowers will reward you with both a bounty of blooms, and if youâre in business, some cash too, getting a garden set up does require an initial investment.
If cash is tight or youâre just starting out, one of the best ways to get your feet wet without breaking the bank is by growing annual varieties from seed. Depending on the size of garden you have, a pretty small investment in seeds and compost can reward you with an incredible abundance of flowers and foliage just a few months down the road.
What are your floral needs?
Whether you want to grow truckloads of flowers for mixed bouquets, interesting ingredients to supplement your floral design business during wedding season, or just have fresh flowers for your home, your needs should define what varieties you choose and how many plants you ultimately grow.
Flowers are a constant, reliable presence at some of lifeâs greatest moments and most challenging trials. Theyâre at once a simple concept and a complex global industry. Flowers have inspired painters, scientists, and countless others forÂ centuries.
Itâs no wonder, then, that flowers have carved out their own corner of the blogosphere as well. Whether youâre a professional, an amateur, or just a fan, here are four floral blogs you should definitely check out.