Poinsettia Update for November 24, 2014

Here are the #6 Red Poinsettias we will be shipping next week. We will ship all of these and parts of some other houses of red too.

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2014 Poinsettias Update Nov. 4, 2014

Our poinsettias are coloring up nicely and everything is on schedule. Here are a few pictures.

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More Mum Pictures–September 5, 2014

Here are some pictures of our early season mums. These should be gone by the time we get to shipping our fundraiser and we will be pulling those from our mid-season then last season varieties. I just wanted to give you an idea of what you can expect with our mums if you are doing a mum fundraiser or considering one for next year.

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Mums–Update August 25, 2015

Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I have posted anything to our newsfeed here on Plants For Profits. I apologize for that. Sometimes it just gets too busy to keep everything up to date. I am sure you know how that feels.

Our mum crops is looking great. The cooler weather this summer has causes some of the early varitieties to flower earlier than usual. However, the majority of you have orders for late September or early October. I don’t anticipate any issues with the mums allocated for those weeks. They appear to be pretty much on schedule over all. We have plenty to pick from so there will not be any issues with filling your orders.

If you are a new fundraiser, the pictures below will give you a general idea about the size of the #12 mums. These early varieties are a little bit smaller than usual but the later varieties which will be used to fill your orders are bigger and up to spec.

Please note the bloom stage of these pots. Again for those of you who are new, this is the bloom stage we try to ship where the buds are just cracking open to some light color showing. We strive to never ship any mums that don’t have some color showing. Most of the time we are able to do that but occasionally we have to ship some that have buds with no color showing. In those cases we have taken steps to identify the colors for you ahead of time.

Please contact us is you have any questions. The mums are coming on fast and time it running out for you to pre-sell your fundraiser so get your order in soon and get started sell those mums!

For those of you doing our poinsettia fundraiser, we have not updated the forms online and will try to get that done soon. In the meantime please contact us for any forms you might need. You still have time to get those orders in. Please remember that we do sell out quickly once school has started and the orders start coming in fast.

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Poinsettias Nov. 2013 Part 2

Here are some of the red poinsettias we are shipping from this week and are on deck to ship out next week.

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Poinsettias Nov. 2013 Part 1

I had a few minutes and thought that I would upload a couple of photos for you. I hope I have time to add parts 2 through as many as I can.

These are just about ready and will be gone by the end of next week. Don’t worry we have plenty more for the later weeks.

It’s difficult to get good poinsettia pictures. The sunlight always makes the red look washed out.

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Fundraiser Mums Shipping This Week

September 17, 2013 – Here is a display of mums and some of the mums in the field that we will be shipping out to this week’s scheduled fundraisers.

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3 Tips For A Successful Plant Fundraiser

A plant fundraiser can be somewhat challenging or intimidating if you have not done one before. Here are 3 tips for a successful plant fundraiser.

1. Set a sales goal for your fundraiser – you don’t want to get stuck with plants leftover that you can’t sell or need more plants than have because your sellers sold more than you ordered. The best way to determine how many plants (mums or poinsettias) you can sell is to get together with your seller and decide on a reasonable number that each seller can sell then multiply that number by the total number of seller you have.

For example, you set individual sell’s goal of 10 pots and you have 30 sellers so your default sales goal would be 300 pots (10 x 30 = 300).

This total number then becomes your group sales goal.

2. Pre-book and pre-sell your fundraiser – pre-book your plant order based on your groups sales goals to ensure that you have enough plants to fill the orders that you take. Next pre-sell based on individual seller goals. This way you know what you have on order, your selling group knows how many it has to sell and each seller knows how much they need to contribute in sales orders to reach that goal.

3. Communication – your sellers need to be in continuous communication with your fundraising coordinator. They should be letting the coordinator know on a weekly or daily basis how much of their individual sales goal they have met. The coordinator also needs to be communicating to each seller how many total pot of plants are left to sell especially if some of your sellers have sold more than their set sales goal which lowers the individual seller sales goals as you continue to pre-sell.

Also the coordinator needs to be communicating with their supplier about how well their pre-selling is going and making any adjustments to their pre-booked order especially if they oversell and need more product. There may not always be any extra product available to pull from if a fundraiser does sell more than they originally planned.

Those are our 3 tips to a successful plant fundraiser. There is a little more to it than that but if you remember these tips you are well on your way to a successful fundraiser.

Bonus tip – calculate the break even point in your fundraiser based on your group sales goals. This number will tell you how many pots you have to sell to pay for your order. The break even point can be figured by total dollar amount divided by your selling cost per unit. For example if you ordered $1500 dollar in poinsettias and you are selling them for $10 each, you will need to sell 150 pots to break even. Once you sell more than 150 pots in this example, each pot you sell is profit. Sometimes it is good to show this as a visualization so that your sellers can see where they are at regarding your break even number and your total sales goal.

Mums and Poinsettias Update for August 16, 2013

I wanted to let every see where we are at with our mums and poinsettias. The mums are doing very well due to the great summer weather we have had here in Arkansas. They are going to be a bit ahead of our usual schedule. Our usual schedule is that the early varieties run behind then they all bloom at once instead of blooming as the early, mid and late season varieties that they are supposed to be.

This year it appears that they are actually going to bloom as they are supposed to. The majority of our fundraisers are set to be pulled and shipped from our mid-season varieties. We are really looking forward to a great looking mum crop.

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We just finished planting our first crop of poinsettias on Monday this week then went right into planting the second crop on Wednesday. We should have them all planted by next Tuesday. The really don’t look like much right after they have been planted. The hard part starts right after the planting.

Poinsettias have to be monitored each week to make sure that they are on schedule and if not, we make the necessary changes to the growing to get them back on track. Some people wonder about the cost of poinsettias but when you take into account that poinsettias take 15-17 weeks to grow there is a lot of time and care taken into growing these crops.

These poinsettias will look like…

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…this in November.

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Poinsettias On Christmas Float

Here are a couple of pictures of our poinsettias on the Miss Teen Oklahoma Christmas parade float. I hope we get some pictures of the float in the parade. If we do, I will be sure to add them here.

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