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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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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!