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Hardiness Zones-What Are They And What Do They Mean?

Hardiness Zones-What Are They And What Do They Mean?

Many novice gardeners have never heard of the term “hardiness zones,” or if they have, they have no idea what it means. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has divided North America into 13 different hardiness zones based on temperature and climate. Each one is labeled as zone 1, zone 2, through zone 13. Zone 1 is the coldest climate and zone 13 is the hottest. Each zone has a 10 degree differential, based on the average minimum temperature of the location. In other words, zone 1s average minimum temperature is 10 degrees colder than zone 2s. They then determine which plants grow best in which zone and recommend a hardiness zone for every plant.

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Hardy Plants are those that can be left in the ground safely all year even where frost penetrates deeply into the soil. Most of the beloved bulbs of spring (bulbs planted in the fall) are in this category – crocus, daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. Lilies and many perennials are also hardy in most zones. It is important to know your hardiness zone, so that you can know what is hardy in your garden. The lower the zone number, the colder the zone. For example, Zone 2 is colder than Zone 3. A plant that is hardy to Zone 3, may not overwinter in a Zone 2 garden, unless given special protection. Bulbs benefit greatly from a 2″ to 4″ deep mulch of shredded bark or hardwood, compost or leaves. Mulch prevents the ground from alternately freezing and thawing, which can heave the bulbs out of the ground during winter. In summer, a mulch conserves moisture and suppresses weeds. Wait until the ground freezes before applying a winter mulch to fall planted bulbs.

Planting a bulb in its ideal hardiness zone is important. Just like you would never want to walk around in a shoe three sizes too small for you, a plant does not want to grow in a hardiness zone that is way outside of its comfort zone either. It can be too hot or too cold for the plant, which can result in it failing to thrive and grow. It can even cause the plant to die.

So you love a certain flower, but it isn’t hardy in your zone. Can you still plant it and have it grow? Absolutely! All flowers will grow in every zone, it is only when it is not hardy to your zone you must treat it like an annual and winter it.

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Wintering Bulbs

Bulbs and Corms that have a protective papery husk are easy to deal with. Simply dig up in the fall and shake the soil off. If the foliage has not quite died, leave the bulbs upright in a cool spot for a couple of weeks. Cut off the dead foliage and store the bulbs in old nylon stockings or mesh bags in a cool but frost-free area.bulbs

Summer blooming flowers with fleshy tubers or roots should be dug before frost and spread out in a shaded spot (like a garage) until the outside of the tuber feels dry. Then lay them in uncovered shallow flats or boxes filled with peat moss, sawdust or vermiculite. Check monthly to make sure they are not drying out and shriveling. They should stay plump until spring planting time, so you may have to sprinkle them with a little water to keep the right moisture. Too much water will cause mold.

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Here at Flower Power Fundraising we ship all of our products according to hardiness zones. This fall we will begin shipping our fall bulbs to the cooler zones first working our way across the zones from coolest to warmest.

When spring shipping begins, we ship in reverse starting with the warmer zones and working our way across to the cooler zones.

Flower Power will see that you receive your fall or spring bulbs in ample time for planting.

Let’s get at it. Happy Planting!

 

 

 

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Want to keep your team motivated?

 

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We tackled the issue of whether incentives add to the success of a fundraiser back in this December blog, and our opinion was that it did in fact play a role and is beneficial on so many levels. Today we have compiled some great ideas to help you show your appreciation to your team and keep them motivated throughout your fundraiser.

1. No-Money Reward

Rewards with no cash value are proven motivators and provide great entertainment. A few examples include:

Pie Throwing: Allow the participants to throw cream pies at the organizers’ faces if the goal is reached! (you might not like this one but it usually gets the money raised)

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Camp Out: Have the principal camp out on the roof of the school or the group leader(s) camp out somewhere awkward if the goal is achieved. Set an even bigger goal to extend the number of days they must camp out there.

Activity of Choice: Let your group have an activity of their choice that replaces their normal schedule (for example: a free afternoon of sports activities in the school yard instead of class).

2.Raffles And Prize Draws

For each small goal attained (ex. for every 10 products sold or for every $100 in sales reached) the participant gets their name put in the raffle for various goodies! The more they sell, the more times they can have their name put in the raffle and the more chances they have to win.

3. Grand Prize For Your Top Seller

Reward your top seller with a Grand Prize. It may be movie tickets, cash or anything else that inspires your group members. Don’t get carried away and offer something your group can’t afford.

4. Rewards For Top Class or Team

This is a great way to motivate team work in your group. If you’re a small group, you can create teams by putting your members in groups of twos, threes or fours. If you’re a school you can do it by class and if you’re a league simply do it by team. You can offer the best selling group a free pizza party, a field trip outing to the place of their choice… ask them what they’d like. Try an ice cream social, everybody likes ice cream!

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5. Completion Prizes For Individuals

Offering individual completion prizes is very effective because they motivate and reward everyone in your organization. Offer a completion gift once your member raises a certain amount. For example: Receive $5 cash for every $100 of product sold. If your goal is a big one, completion prizes may be a gift certificate to a music, video, book, or sports store.

6. Reward Your Early Birds

This is a great way to help move your fundraiser along. You can offer early bird prizes to the first, second and third person who reaches a specific objective by a certain deadline. For example: if you run a fundraiser for 3 months, you can say the first three people that generate $500 in sales or more by the end of the first month will receive a $50 gift certificate.
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Before you know it, your team will be Fundraising Superstars, continuously looking to raise the bar to achieve their Fundraising Goals.

 

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Are you ready to be a Hero?

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Fundraising is an important aspect of engaging children in civic minded activities from a young age. It creates awareness in a young person that they are part of a bigger picture. When they are raising funds for people in need or even their own school, it teaches them to appreciate what they have and to understand that they have the ability, even at a young age, to help others. This position entails a certain amount of responsibility and also self empowerment. It transforms the way they perceive themselves and allows them to do more and be more.
It is a fact that children who participate in civic or public service from a young age are more likely to carry on with that type of work into adulthood. On the other hand, if young people are being helped by others who are doing fundraising for a cause that affects them, they understand that there are people who care about them outside of their immediate circle. This can help them to have a greater sense of self-esteem and self-worth, which can lead to better life choices overall.

Though there are many benefits to fundraising, most people do not like to fundraise. Most think raising funds is hard, frustrating, bad for the environment and our children and sometimes even dangerous. This is not true if you are fundraising with Flower Power.

Fundraising with Flower Power is easy. You can reach your friends and family through a catalog fundraiser, an online fundraiser or both! And because we ship directly to the supporters, you can invite anyone/anywhere to participate in your fundraiser. This takes out the work involved in fundraising. You wouldn’t have to sort or distribute the products. You wouldn’t have to schedule pick up dates or handle supporter complaints, we will take care of that for you.

Fundraising with Flower Power alleviates any frustrations that come with fundraising. We have made our fundraising process as streamlined as possible and as simple as possible. All the hiccups that come with a regular fundraiser are eliminated. We also have expert customer service that can help with any questions and concerns. Whether it’s about setting up your fundraiser or even questions about planting, they are there happy to assist you every step of the way.

Fundraising with Flower Power is good for the environment and our children, because you are fundraising with earth friendly products namely, bulbs and seeds, of the highest quality. In fact, it helps rejuvenate the earth and helps us (adults and children) connect to our environment, allows us to fight childhood obesity and promotes physical activity.
Fundraising with Flower Power is safe. With many people now not opting to go door to door in their communities, we have included an online fundraiser that takes 15 minutes to set up and allows you to invite as many people as possible to support you anywhere in the U.S . It also allows you to post your fundraiser on Facebook for more exposure.

With all these advantages and the 50% profit you earn from every sale, the decision to fundraise with Flower Power becomes easy.

Let us help you reach your goals.
Let us help your children be Heroes for those around them.
Let us help you fundraise!

 

School Gardens

Thinking about building a garden for your school? Great idea! The benefits of adding a school garden are numerous and profound! Some of those include changing eating habits, improving test scores, connecting children to the environment, helping fight childhood obesity, promoting physical activity and changing attitudes towards learning.
All in all, school gardens are a great opportunity for fun and physical activity while serving as an important educational tool to help students understand how healthy food is produced.

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Our first Lady Michelle Obama has been on a mission to encourage everyone to raise healthier children. One of the action steps she recommends is a school garden that would support all the goals that ‘Lets Move‘ campaign is trying to accomplish.

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We couldn’t agree more. And with Flower Power you will not only have the bulbs and seeds to build your school garden, you will raise funds for school projects in the process as well!
Flower Power offers 50% profit on every sale you make! And the products are 100% guaranteed!

Flower Power has two programs, the Fall program, which we are currently in, offers ‘Spring Blooming Bulbs’ which you plant in the fall and see blooming in the spring. In the Spring program we offer ‘Summer blooming Bulbs’ and vegetables. From Tomatoes, radishes and lettuce to cucumbers, onions and beets! We also have green beans , carrots, zucchini and squash. For the fruit lovers we offer red strawberries and white strawberries. We also offer seed mixes that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, which can be a great topic of discussion with school children.

As you can see, it’s a ‘win-win’ situation, you build your school garden and raise funds for other projects at the same time.

Don’t forget to check out this checklist for building a school garden.

For more information on Flower Power Fundraising go to http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com or call us at 1-888-833-1486

If you would like to get started and order Sales Supplies for your fundraiser, click here.

If you would like to build an online fundraiser, click here.

Happy Fundraising and Planting!

2 easy steps to start your fundraiser now!

Everyone can fundraise with Flower Power.

You don’t have to be a school, part of a PTA or PTO, an organization or a church to fundraise.. all you need is a reason to fundraise.
Maybe you want to go to Italy this year. Maybe you want to collect funds to support a sick friend. Maybe you want to build water wells in Africa or even raise funds towards medical research to cure cancer. Whatever your calling is, Flower Power can help you achieve it.

In 2 simple steps you will be already on your way to achieving your goal.

Step One: Order your FREE Info Kit

The Flower Power Fundraising Information Kit contains everything you need to plan your successful fundraising campaign. Information contained in our kit explains the basics of how our program works. In the Info Kit is our beautiful color catalog with all products as well as a price list, along with a sample order form.Simply go to our website and order your info kit. Or call us at 1-888-833-1486 and we will have one sent out to you immediately.
If you are already convinced that Flower Power is the fundraiser for you, you can skip this step go straight to Step 2!

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Step Two: Order your Supplies or Build Your online campaign.

If you’ve decided that Flower Power is the fundraiser for you, go ahead and order your FREE Sales Supplies. Simply fill out the Sales Tools Request Card also enclosed in your Information Kit, or call us at 1-888-833-1486 or go to our website and Flower Power Fundraising will send you your sales tools to get your fundraiser started.
Sales supplies include Full-Color Sales Catalogs, Order Forms, Collection Envelopes and
Master Tally Sheets. You can have as many as you want delivered to your door step for free.
You will also get a Chairperson’s Checklist that provides you with tips about running a successful fundraiser.

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OR, you can start building your Personalized Online campaign. To run an online program all you need to do is set up an account and customize your special landing page. From there, we’ll do the rest, from sending emails to generate sales to shipping flower bulbs directly to your supporters. Call us and we can even walk you through it every step of the way.

You can do both! Run a door to door fundraiser and an Online Fundraiser our results show a 60% increase in sales when running both programs concurrently.

Is there anything easier!
And the best part is

You earn 50% profit,
The bulbs get delivered directly to your supporters,
They are 100% guaranteed.
No minimum order required
No upfront cost required

So there is no risk to you whatsoever!
What’s even more exciting than an easy fundraiser is what you’ll be fundraising with! We have an absolutely beautiful fall product line-up which includes Rembrandt Tulips, Giant yellow Daffodils and the ever popular Giant Purple sensation Allium. So you are adding beauty to your community, rejuvenating the earth and enjoy the wonders of gardening all the while raising funds for your cause.

Start your fundraiser today and be the Hero that you know you can be!

Call 1-888-833-1486

Visit http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com

 

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How to grow sprouts at home

We all want to get healthier, to age better, to reverse some of the harmful effects of daily life that bombards us from every direction.
Well, although this is not a panacea, it is a great start!
Providing your family with fresh homegrown greens throughout the year, is a great investment in their health and well being and it doesn’t get any easier than with the Two Tray Sprouter we have in the Flower Power Brochure.

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Recently, I dug my 2 tray sprouter out from the back corner of the cupboard and I decided to try it. I wanted to see how easy it really was to start my own fresh home grown greens. Also, I thought it would be a wonderful experience for my two little girls to learn how to grow sprouts at home, watch them grow as they care for and nurture them and then eat what they grew. To our utter delight, the seeds started sprouting within a day and the process is just too easy! My favorite type of sprouts are Alfalfa sprouts, which is available in the Flower Power Catalog. They have a mild flavor, but my girls love the Broccoli sprouts, which are also available in the Flower Power Catalog.

Now, lets get down to business, how do you grow sprouts at home in a seed sprouter?

Pre-soaking the seeds.
You don’t have to pre-soak the seeds (we didn’t) , but if you do pre-soak them for a few hours, it helps them to germinate more quickly.
Here’s how you would soak the seeds: measure 1 tablespoon of seeds per tray. Pour the seeds in a glass bowl, cover them with water and let them sit for 3-4 hours. Drain the seeds. Pour them into the seed tray. One of the features I love about our Seed Sprouter is that there are drain holes on the bottom of each tray, which allows them to keep the correct amount of water in the tray at all stages of growth.
Place the Seeds in the tray.
We then put the seed tray on top of the base tray. Then, we took one cup (measured) of water and poured it on to the seeds. It took time to filter through the first time. The water will collect in the water collection tray (the white tray at the bottom). You can discard that water after it has drained to that collection tray. What I love about the seed sprouter is that there are 2 trays which allows me to grow at different timelines. So I can start seeds sprouting in one tray then a few days later start seeds in the next tray so that we have a continuous supply of those beautiful greens.

Watering the seeds.
We water the seeds up to 3 times a day. The girls water them in the morning as I am preparing breakfast for them. I water them again around lunch time and then after dinner. All you need to do is pour about one cup of water into the seed tray. The water will slowly drain out the holes in the bottom of the tray and filter into the base tray. Just remember to empty the base tray each time before you water or it will overflow. When sprouting more than one tray at a time, water the top tray and the water will flow down through the holes in the tray to water the next tray. The excess water ends up in the bottom base tray.

After you water each time and the water filters through , place the lid back loosely on the top tray.

 

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Harvesting
Now, we haven’t yet gotten to that part yet, as you can see from the pictures they are not mature enough. But we’ll be able to eat fresh sprouts in a day or two at this rate! You can also let them grow as long as four or five days. To harvest them, remove the sprouts from the seed tray and place them in a bowl. Fill the bowl with water and swish the sprouts around. This will loosen up any seed hulls that will float to the top and you can scoop them out. You could skip this step but I was told that seed hulls can be bitter at times. Any seeds that did not germinate will float to the bottom. Scoop out the sprouts and place them on a towel to let the excess water drip off. Now you can eat your delicious homegrown sprouts!

Storing homegrown sprouts.
If you have any sprouts that were harvested and not eaten right away, put them in a covered glass storage container in the refrigerator. As long as most of the moisture is drained off, you can have them last up to four days in the refrigerator.

So, we have seen how easy it is to grow our own greens. The hardest part is remembering to water them 2-3 times a day. But, if you make it part of your routine, it will soon become second nature.
Go ahead now! Use that amazing 2 tray sprouter and feed your family cancer fighting greens that are full of antioxidants and iron. Every little bit counts 🙂

Update ( 13th of May)

Here is how beautifully the sprouts have grown! They are so fresh and peppery! Sometimes we cant even wait to wash away the hulls, we just eat it from the tray!

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From the garden to your plate!

From the garden to your plate!

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The last post in our blog was about how to grow summer flowering bulbs. We thought it would only be fair to provide planting advice to those who have purchased the Salad Garden or Veggie Garden too!

We will start by touching on a few methods of planting and then sharing tips on growing some of our favorite veggies here at Flower Power.

Preparing your soil
Before seeding, make sure that the soil has dried out sufficiently before you work it. Make sure that the soil is warm enough for the seeds that you want to plant. Pea seeds, for example, grow in soil as cool as 40°F , so you can plant them as soon as you can work the soil in spring. Squash seeds, on the other hand, need warmth. If your soil temperature is much below 65°F , the seeds are likely to rot in the ground before they sprout. You can determine the temperature of your soil using a soil thermometer, which you can buy at you local garden store.

Methods of planting:

You can plant seeds in many ways. The method that you choose depends on your climate, your tools and your personal preference.

Row planting: Mark the placement of a row within your garden, and then make a channel at the correct depth along the row. Space out your seeds as evenly as possible because, thinning rows is less of a chore if you space seeds evenly. Cover the seeds with fine soil and then pat them in to make sure that all the seeds are in contact with the soil.

Wide row planting: This method allows you to plant more seeds in less space by concentrating watering, weeding, and fertilizing in a smaller area. Rows are generally 10 to 16 inches wide. Sprinkle seeds over the entire row. with most crops, try to land the seeds about 1/2 to 1 inch apart. For peas and beans, space them 1-1/2 to 2 inches. Cover small seeds with a thin layer of potting soil. Lightly pat the potting soil down again to bring the added soil into firm contact with the seeds.

Bed planting: Planting in beds is essentially the same as planting wide rows.

Hill planting: Plant seeds for vining crops that spread out, such as squash or cucumbers, in hills or circular groups. Loosen the soil in a 1-foot-diameter area, level the area, and then plant five to six seeds close together. Thin out all but the two strongest seedlings.

If your soil is heavy, you may want to plant in a raised hill, or mound. The raised soil warms up more quickly than the surrounding soil and drains better. Just don’t let the mound dry out!

Soon after seedlings grow their second set of true leaves, you need to thin them out to avoid overcrowding. The first set of leaves that a seedling produces are called seed leaves , which are followed by the true leaves.When you thin plants, either discard the extra seedlings or move them to another part of your garden.

Now that we covered the basics of planting veggies we would like to offer some our guide on some of our favorite veggies that we are growing in our gardens.

Green Beans

Choose an area with full sun and a rich, deeply worked soil with a pH level of 6.5. Plant 2″ deep on slight hills around poles or teepees spaced at 16″ apart. Grow 4-8 seeds on each hill. Space 3″ apart if growing on a fence. Sow when the soil is warm 65°F. Pole Beans are light feeders. The poles, teepees or a trellis should be set up after 2-4 leaves have developed. Keep the plants well watered in dry weather, especially if they are grown on an upright trellis or poles against a shed or house where soil tends to dry out. Pick young, full size pods when smooth and crisp. Pods are over mature once the beans start to form. Harvest regularly for a an abundant supply.
Cucumbers

Cucumbers are very easy to grow. They require full sun and soil pH of 6.0 to 6.8. As they are heavy feeders, an application of compost or well rotted manure worked into the planting area will help. Plant seeds ½-1″ deep.The Soil should be warm (65-75°F) for germination to begin. If you are growing them on a trellis, space them 18″ apart. The plant should not be allowed to wilt. Spread a mulch around plants before they start to vine, to cut down on weeds and conserve moisture. The mulch will also help to keep the fruit clean. Pick the cucumbers when they reach 6-8″ long. Keep mature cucumbers picked off the vines to encourage a longer yield.

Beets
Choose a full sun location. Beets require a light, well-drained, cool soil with a pH between 6.5 and 6.8. Compost or well-rotted manure along with pure wood ashes, as a supply of additional potassium, should be mixed well into the soil prior to planting. Keep well-watered as drought will result in tough or woody roots. Sow seeds thinly ½-1″ deep in rows spaced 8-12″ apart. Soil temperature should be  (65-75°F) for optimal germination. Thin seedlings 1″ apart for greens and 3″ apart for summer use of roots. Plant every two weeks, starting as early as soil can be worked until late June.Young and tender beet leaves can be used as greens. Dig or pull roots when 2-3″ in diameter or desired size.
Carrots
Carrots are best grown in full sun but will tolerate light shading. Choose deeply-worked, stone free soil with a pH of 6.5. Raised beds or rows are recommended. Sow seed ¼-½” deep. Seed takes 14-21 days to germinate. Thin plants to at least 1″ apart in rows spaced 18-24″ apart. Sow as soon as ground can be worked. Even moisture and soil temperature, 18-24°C (65-75°F) is essential for good germination. Carrots are light to moderate feeders. Avoid using fresh animal and green manures at the time of planting.
Peas

Peas need full sun to partial shade with a soil pH of 6.0-7.0. They are light feeders  and require a well-drained, rich and sandy soil. Work organic matter, including rotted manure or compost into the soil for best results.  Even soil moisture is essential especially during flowering and pod set.  As peas prefer cool growing conditions they may be planted as soon as the ground can be worked and will germinate in a wide range of soil temperatures, (40-75°F). Sow seed 1 to 1½” deep, 1-2 inches apart in double rows spaced 3-6″ apart, 24″ between the next double row. Plants will tolerate crowding so may be spaced 2″ apart. All peas are natural climbers, more productive, and not as susceptible to rot, if given some support or planted along a fence or trellis. For best tasting peas, harvest when pods are young and tender. Pick regularly to promote continued production.

If you have any questions or would like us to provide any information on growing any of the bulbs and seeds with in our fundraiser be sure to contact us on Facebook book or call us directly at 1-888-833-1486. We would be happy to provide any and all the information you need.

 

Happy Gardening!

 

How to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

How to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

Here we are! Spring has finally sprung and we are shipping out all the beautiful bulbs and seeds you have ordered over the winter. They are now ready to be planted in you gardens and pots! How exciting!
You will feel elated when you start planting and visualizing how your garden or home will look once the bulbs start to bloom.
We thought that there would probably be no better time than this to share a few tips on how to plant your lovely summer flowering bulbs.

Summer-flowering bulbs add drama to your garden from late spring right into fall. They are often tall, showy plants that have rich colors and make great cut flowers. Summer flowering bulbs have a way of illuminating borders and creating wonderful container garden displays. And like all bulbs, they are also very easy to grow. Simply put them in the ground and leave them to it!

However, there are some tips you can use to ensure bigger and healthy flowers. We will address planting the gorgeous dahlias our favorite flower here at Flower Power Fundraising, the ever so sweet lilies, the delicate irises, and dramatic gladioli!

Planting Dahlias

 

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Dahlias are highly productive plants that make great cut flowers. They like any rich soil with good drainage, so dig plenty of compost into the planting hole. You can also add a layer of grit on heavy soils to aid drainage. Dahlias are frost-tender plants, that’s why we start shipping when we are sure there is no longer a risk of frost in your area. Most people start dahlias off in pots indoors. If so, place the pots in a brightly lit spot and keep the soil moist. If you wish to plant dahlias directly in the ground, which is less work, bear in mind that they will flower a little later. You can also plant dahlias in containers. Use large, deep pots and general purpose compost. Add a slow-release fertilizer and plant as normal.
Pinch out the growing tips back to a pair of leaves once the plants are around 40cm high. This makes the plant bushy and encourages vigorous flowering.

Planting Lilies

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Lilies add something special to the garden and thrive in pots and borders.Our Star Gazer lily has been a best seller for several years! They need a sunny spot and rich soil that doesn’t get waterlogged. Plant the bulbs as soon as you get them because they die if they become dehydrated. Lily bulbs need planting very deeply, up to three times the height of the bulb itself. If you want to grow them in pots, choose tall, deep containers and plant closer together than normal. The best flower displays come when the plant’s stem and flowers grow in full sun, but the bulbs are kept cool and shaded. Plant them deeply and add a mulch, or grow ground-cover plants around them.
Lilies are hungry plants and will need regular feeding. Add a high-potassium fertilizer like tomato feed every two weeks. Continue feeding after they have finished flowering to swell the bulbs for next year’s display. Stake tall lilies to stop the stems snapping in the wind. Tie them to garden canes with soft twine and loosen the ties when needed.

Planting Irises

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Again, Irises like Dahlias are frost tender plants. You don’t have to worry about that because before we ship the summer flowering bulbs we make sure your state will no longer get frost, so it’s safe to plant irises once  you receive them. Irises are technically rhizomes, which is a clump of fleshy root. This means they should be planted near the soil surface, rather than deep underground like traditional bulbs.
Place the rhizomes just on the surface and cover the little roots with a soil. Position the crowns of moisture-lovers just below the ground.
Irises do not like to be crowded, so follow the spacing directions on the packet and avoid surrounding them with dense planting.
Irises need to be left exposed to sunlight after flowering – this is how they develop flowers for the following year. You can either remove the leaves when they wilt or leave in place for frost protection.

Planting Gladioli

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Gladioli corms prefer light, sandy soils in full sun. You can add plenty of coarse grit if you have heavy soil, and line the bottom of the planting hole with a layer of grit too. You can also enrich the soil with a low-nitrogen fertilizer, but make sure it is well mixed in or it could burn the corms.
Plant the corms deeply (10-15cm) and leave plenty of space between them. Plant even more deeply on loose, sandy soils to stop plants being uprooted by the wind.
Keep well-watered, especially once the foliage appears. Apply a layer of mulch around plants in dry weather. Unless they are supported by surrounding plants, tall gladioli varieties will need staking.
If you are growing gladioli for cutting, plant a few corms every couple of weeks for a continuous supply. Cut the stems when the bottom flower bud is opening and the rest of the buds are showing color.
How to lift and store summer bulbs

Unlike hardy bulbs which are bulbs planted in the fall that bloom in the spring like daffodils and tulips, summer flowering bulbs, get damaged by frost and should be stored indoors over winter. Wait until all the leaves have died down at the end of summer. Lift the bulbs out of the soil with a garden fork, taking care not to damage them. Remove any dead or dying leaves and cut back the leaves or stems to within one inch of the bulb. Leave the bulbs out in the sun to dry out. Then brush all the soil off them. Store the bulbs in mesh bags in the shed or garage. They need air circulation to stop rot setting in. Keep checking the bulbs and remove any that start to rot so you can replant them in spring! Or start a new fundraiser and get a fresh new batch of different flowers 🙂

Happy planting everyone 🙂

 

Fall Bulbs and Spring Bulbs

Fall Bulbs and Spring Bulbs

When fundraising with flowers, it is important to know when to plant the bulbs and when to expect them to grow. We thought we would address this topic to make it easier for everyone to understand and plant successfully.

We will start with a little background information.

What is a Bulb?

The word “bulb” is used to describe plants growing from an underground mass of food storage tissues. In other words, the storage tissue is like the bulb’s lunch box, packed with enough food for the whole growing season!

Bulbs are divided into two categories based on when they bloom.

Spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, are planted in the fall.
Those are the bulbs you buy during the Fall fundraiser which starts in May and ends in October. You will eventually plant those bulbs in the fall and expect them to bloom in the spring, hence the name ‘Spring Flowering Bulbs‘.

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They are also called hardy bulbs because they survive cold winter conditions. In fact, they need exposure to cold temperatures in order to flower properly. The exact timing for planting hardy bulbs varies by region, but they need to be in the ground before it freezes.
Bulbs develop their roots soon after planting, and then lie dormant during much of the winter. When the weather begins to warm, they draw on that “lunch box” of stored energy to produce leaves and stems, and then flowers. Some bulbs, such as crocus, require fewer cold hours and less warming to bloom, so their flowers emerge in early spring. Others, including tulips, need a longer cooling period and warmer temperatures to emerge, so they bloom later in the spring. The differences among bloom times allow you to plan a bulb garden that will bloom for weeks and weeks!

If hardy bulbs don’t get enough chilling, they may not bloom at all or if they do, their flower stalks may be stunted. Some regions in the United States are too warm to successfully grow hardy bulbs. To find out whether your region is suitable for the bulbs you want to buy, you can head to our website, where we have all the information you need about your zone.
Summer-flowering bulbs, including dahlias and gladiolus, are planted in the spring. Those are the bulbs you buy during the Spring fundraiser which starts in January through till May. You eventually plant those bulbs in May and expect them to bloom in the summer, hence the name ‘Summer flowering bulbs‘.

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They are tender and do not survive cold winter conditions, so we plant them in the spring after the last chance of hard frost has passed, and enjoy their blossoms in the summer.

After planting, they grow much the same way as spring-flowering bulbs, and produce and store food for next year. Most keep their leaves and continue to photosynthesize until fall temperatures turn cool. In northern climates, gardeners must dig up tender bulbs and store them in a dark place that stays cool enough to keep them from sprouting prematurely. Where winters are warm enough, it’s safe to leave tender bulbs right in the ground. It is important to know the hardiness zone of your bulbs to determine the proper care.
We hope that we were able to shed enough light on the bulbs you buy during the Fall Fundraiser (Spring Flowering Bulbs) and Bulbs you buy during the Spring Fundraiser (Summer Flowering Bulbs). If you have any questions, please let us know! We have experts who can help you, not only with your fundraiser, but also with your gardening!

Happy Fundraising!

Consider Online Fundraising

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As William Gibson put it “The future is here”.

Who remembers life before the internet?
Life before smart phones? Granted, there is a debate raging about how we have become a society glued to our screens but, we have to admit that the internet has simplified many things for us too.

10 years ago, fundraising still depended on going door to door and was always limited to ones geographic location. Now, by using the web, online fundraising has made the fundraising process effortless, almost automatic, making it easier than ever before for anyone to raise money.

Here are some of the ways online fundraising makes your fundraising efforts so much better.

  •  It extends your reach beyond your local community.

It’s a terrific way to extend your reach beyond your local community. You can reach friends and family anywhere in the U.S and they have the convenience of using a credit card. In 15 minutes or less you can be up and running.
Also, you are able to integrate online fundraising with social media. You can share your fundraiser on Facebook, so you are able to cast a wider net, and therefore increasing the number of potential donors.

 

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  •  Around the clock fundraising.

Your fundraiser is not limited to the time that you are going door to door , or meeting at your community center. Your fundraiser is running 24/7. Whether it is donors reading their emails at 6am or scrolling through Facebook at 10pm, your fundraiser is there, available for them to make a donation.

  •  A platform to share your story.

Online fundraiser allows you to have a home page that you can personalize and add a note to tell people your story, why you are fundraising and why it is important to support your cause.

  •  Your information is safe.

We will not generalize, but usually online fundraisers are perfectly safe. We can definitely guarantee your safety with Flower Powers online fundraiser. Flower Power Fundraising uses state-of-the-art encryption technology to make sure donors’ financial information does not end up in the wrong hands.
In a nut shell, online fundraising has had an enormous positive effect on the success rate of fundraisers. The future is here, so if you haven’t started fundraising online, start today!

 

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