PROPER WATERING IS ESSENTIAL

  • Water in the morning
  • Avoid extremes – Do not let plants get extremely wet or dry
    > If plants are excessively wet, move them to the top shelf and space out in order to aid in drying
  • Check moisture regularly on warm and/or windy days. Plants dry out quickly in these conditions, spot watering may be necessary.
  • Do not water all plants alike
    > Several plants like drier conditions (e.g. Begonias, Geraniums, and Flowering Vinca) allow these to dry between watering.
  • Do not water geranium blossoms, doing so will cause them to mold
    > Use a watering wand to water the soil and leaves below the blossom.
  • Pick off dead blooms before watering to prevent mold
  • Do not water in “wet weather” unless necessary (check soil dryness)
  • Dispose of plants that are dying, they will transmit diseases to other plants
  • Remove protective sleeves from baskets and containers
  • Monitor the amount of sun, each plant variety handles the sun differently
  • Check the plant care tag before placing a variety in the sun
  • Impatiens handle morning sun but will wilt and/or die in full sun
  • Geraniums, Petunias, and Marigolds like a lot of sun

MAINTAIN A “FIRST IN/FIRST OUT” INVENTORY

  • Place existing product in front, do not allow old product to get hidden behind new product
  • Do not store inventory on shipping racks
  • Use new product as back-stock
  • The goal is 100% product turnover

USE ATTRACTIVE DISPLAYS TO INCREASE SALES

  • A well maintained display increases impulse buying
  • Consolidate all partial flats to make room for new product
  • Be creative; this is a chance to “showcase” your merchandising skills
  • Group like varieties and colors

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