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Old 02-10-2008, 11:31 AM
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seasonal flowers for commercial building

have a few requests on a few bids for seasonal flowers. this is a first for me to bid them in a contract. i came up with tulips and daffodils in spring, then some summer flowering annuals (cant think of any), mums in late sep/oct, winter pansies or cabbage/kale in winter. any other ideas would be great? and pricing would help also
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:09 AM
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How about pansies, spring & fall, impatiens, petunias and many other bedding plants depending on exposure, soils and timing. Check out Garden State Growers, they do a great job with bedding plants and their pricing reflects the fact they are the grower.

http://gardenstategrowers.com/index....tpage&Itemid=1

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Old 02-11-2008, 10:43 AM
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where do you see pricing on there? no one else has any more info on here. no one else plants annuals?
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:49 AM
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If you call them, they will send a catalog and pricing information. They are an excellent grower.

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Old 02-11-2008, 11:50 AM
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I think a big key is going to be whether or not the customer has the ability (and desire) to water the annuals. No sense in doing all this planting for all of it to die within a week or so come summer when its 95, hazy, hot, and humid. Some of the water requirments are a lot more than others. For instance, impatiens are good but I only plant them were sprinkler systems are available. After about two days of no rain they start to droop. I have had good luck with the new guinea impatiens and being a little more drought tolerant.

We like to use wave petunia's in late spring/early summer. Once established these flowers just seem to florish and create a blanket of color. And, they come in a wide variety of colors. You can also use geraniums in the summer, but be careful they can be a little maintenance. In order to keep flowering you should remove the spent flowers to encourage more growth. But, if you are getting paid hourly (which we do on our commercial accounts) then its a no brainer to install these. We also like to use periwinkle in the summer. These can handle direct sun and hot, dry conditions. Plus they are low maintenance and just continue to flower. Another summer drought tolerant annual we like to use are african daisy's. Again, to get the most out of this annual you really need to deadhead them about once a week. Also, keep in mind that the flowers close up for nighttime and reopen for the sun. We made the mistake a placing these at our funeral home we do and it was kinda a pointless plant for when they had the majority of the customers in the evening. For the fall you can replace a lot of the summer stuff with pansy, mums, and in the late fall/early winter with cabbage and kale.
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