Fundraiser FAQ

1. What states do you ship to?

Plants For Profits currently services Mum Fundraisers within 450 miles and Poinsettia Fundraisers within 600 miles from our farm at 6733 Parks Road, Van Buren, AR 72956 (click for directions and miles). This includes Arkansas, eastern Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, western Tennessee, and eastern Texas.

Due to the increasing costs of shipping we are limiting the distances we service. 

2. How do you determine the recommended sales price per item?

We recommend that you try to make between 50-100 percent profit. This is a fundraiser and most of the people who purchase a mum or poinsettia from you are doing so to make a donation in exchange for a plant. Therefore they will pay more than the average market price. Most of our fundraisers have no trouble asking for 50-100% more than the purchase price.

These recommendations are based on what we have seen our fundraisers do in the past. There may be other that the price you set based on location, local economy, and competition from chain stores or other fundraisers.

3. How do the plants ship?

Plants need to be protected during shipping.

Spring baskets are sleeved with clear plastic and loaded onto rolling racks for transportation in our delivery trucks.  Spring basket fundraisers are limited to smaller geographic areas and also limited availability. The sleeved baskets are shipped on heavy duty rolling racks. You will need a paved lot to unload.

Mums are shipped on rolling racks. We ship 32 to the rack. The mums are not sleeved but the rack is wrapped to minimize the chance of damage while loading and unloading the racks. The rolling racks require a paved lot to unload.

Fall Garden Mums are a popular choice for fundraisers. Mums are sold by the rack (32 pots per rack) with a 3 rack minimum order and are available for delivery mid-September to mid-October. Pre-book your order as soon as you can. Mums are usually sold out by early to mid-August.

The poinsettias are sleeved for protection and packaging in the cases. We use a half fiber, half plastic sleeve that allows the plants to breathe. The poinsettias are then placed in tough cardboard cases to ensure that they arrive healthy and ready to deliver. These cases contain eight #6 poinsettias.

For our Poinsettia Fundraiser, the plants are sold by the case (8 pots per case) with a 20 case minimum order and are available for delivery late November through mid-December. Pre-book your order as soon as you can. Poinsettias typically sell out by the first of November but sometimes we sell out early.

See what loading poinsettias looks like at the farm. Click to see larger images.

4. Do you have an extra delivery charge?

No extra charge. Parks Brothers Farm has taken the guesswork out of live plant fundraisers by making cost and profit simple to calculate. All shipping costs are included in the cost of the plant.

5. What is the price per plant?

Please fill out our Get Quote form for pricing. Pricing varies year to year and by shipping zones.

6. What is the minimum order?

The minimum for our regular delivery zone is 3 racks, or 96 #12 Fall Mums.

Poinsettias for our regular delivery zone is 25 cases, or 200 pots. 

Please contact our Fundraiser Sales Team to determine minimums for areas outside our regular delivery zone which is 450 miles from our farm in Van Buren, AR farm. We do make longer deliveries to some areas.

Some minimums can be higher within or outside our area depending where you are located.

7. How does color preference work?

We do our best to supply Fundraiser Partners with specified colors. That said, we ask that you remember our products are live plants that are subject to various environmental conditions. These variables can sometimes affect the availability of certain colors or the entire crop. Also availability can change rapidly when we get an influx of orders.

8. When are the order deadlines?

Parks Brothers Farm is happy to provide product for your fundraiser event as long as we have available plants. However, to ensure you receive the product you desire, we recommend pre-booking. Recommended order deadlines are as follows:

Fall Mum Fundraisers – August 15th

Poinsettia Fundraisers – October 1st

We realize that August 15th is before or right at the start of the school year which makes it hard for new fundraisers to participate in the mum sales. We set the date early because we are often sold out by that week. Our repeat customers get their orders in early and consumer the inventory quickly.

9. When will I receive my plants?

Our Transportation Director is one of the most important employees at the farm and is excellent at making fundraiser delivery date requests a reality! We invite you to ask us about a specific date to shoot for. Sometimes, we have to push a day or two out because of limited truck availability. We always want to send a truck away from the farm with a full load. Please bear with us if we are unable to get your product to you on exactly the date you specify. We pledge to let you know the moment we discover a potential delay.

10. Why can’t you deliver to my house?

The streets in most residential neighborhoods are simply too narrow to travel with a tractor-trailer. The potential for accidents is raised when our drivers are forced to maneuver through smaller spaces. Thank you in advance for selecting a location that works for our transport vehicles such as a church, school, office parking lot, or a business on a main roadway. This helps ensure your safety and the safety of our drivers.

11. How do I care for my plants once I’ve received them?

Hopefully, your plants will go to their new homes quickly after delivery!

Parks Brothers Farm has created downloadable documents for you to print and give to your local fundraiser sales. This includes plant care. It’s a great idea to give a care document to your customers so they can enjoy their plants as long as possible. Our list of helpful documents is located in the sidebar. Spring Combo Pots and Fall Mum care is very simple because in our region during these seasons, you generally don’t have to worry about freezing. Of course, common sense tells us to water spring plants and fall mums daily.

Poinsettia care is also easy, and there are only a few steps to remember when caring for these plants. When you receive your poinsettias, you need to unbox them and unsleeve them so they can breathe. Check the soil. If the soil is dry, you need to water them. If the soil is moist, they can be left alone for the time being. It’s very important to not overwater a holiday poinsettia. If it is necessary to store the poinsettias in a facility over the weekend, make sure the temperature doesn’t go below 68 degrees. Did you know that Holiday Poinsettias are native to Mexico and don’t like the cold?

12. Why do you promote straight red Holiday Poinsettia Fundraisers?

In a word, simplicity. Red Holiday Poinsettias are the most common holiday plant in North America and customers always want them. Offering only red poinsettias eliminates potential sales team errors and greatly simplifies distribution on delivery day. However, we are happy to provide any size and color combination you request. It’s your fundraiser and you know your customers better than we do!

13. How long will my plants last?

Fall Mums last 4-6 weeks and are a great plant to use to fill the gap between spring and winter! Holiday Poinsettias are not only for the Christmas season, they can last all year if properly cared for! Please visit our Poinsettia Fundraiser Forms page and download “A Holiday Guide to the Poinsettia” to find out how.

14. What factors affect our fundraiser’s success?

There are many variables than can affect the profitability of a fundraiser. Location, saturation of similar products in the marketplace, and price. Our most successful Fundraisers have a designated person in charge and a driven sales team with specific goals set for them. For example, if you want to earn $2,000 with your fundraiser you need to know how many units each member of your sales team has to sell to achieve that goal. Daily communication with the team leader is also essential.

15. Our holiday fundraiser went great! Do you have a Year Around Fundraiser Program?

Absolutely! Fundraisers who participate in our Year Around Program will receive a customized proposal from our sales team, which is helpful in identifying annual profit potential. Our proposals also serve as a hard copy document for distribution to board members or primary decision-makers within your organization. Please don’t hesitate to contact Parks Brothers Farm to request a quote for a Year Around Fundraiser Proposal. You’ll be thrilled to see how much profit your group can make with year around live plant fundraisers!

16. How do I order?

You can submit a Get Quote request or Contact Us here on the website or just give us a call at 479-474-1125. We will guide you through the process.

17. How long does it take to get a plant fundraiser going?

Once you’ve made the decision to start a live plant fundraiser, call us at 479-474-1125 and ask for the Sales Department. We can have your live plant fundraiser up and running the day you order!

18. Where would I find testimonials of actual customers?

Just click on the Testimonials button to see comments from organizations just like yours!

19. What are some of the other ways you support fundraisers?

Plants For Profits provides schools and non-profit organizations the opportunity and all the materials needed to have a successful fundraiser selling plants for profit.

Parks Brothers Farm invites you to select one of the available fundraiser programs at www.plantsforprofits.com and start making money today!

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