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Questions to Consider for Your Plant Sale

From baked goods to t-shirts, there is a variety of fundraising products that nonprofits can sell to secure more funds for their cause. Selling plants is quite similar, except you have some more flexibility when it comes to organizing the best plant sale for your organization. Consider these questions to guide your planning:

What types of plants will you sell?

While a plant sale can be successful at any time of the year, the types of plants you choose to sell have the potential to make your fundraiser much more appealing to supporters. Here are some popular plants to consider selling for each season:

  • Spring. During this time of growth, consider selling herbs such as basil, mint, and thyme. Some of the most popular flowers of this season include tulips, daffodils, and daisies.
  • Summer. During the summer, many seasonal bouquets feature flowers such as sunflowers, marigolds, and roses.
  • Fall. As the weather begins cooling in fall, consider selling hardier plants such as chrysanthemums, pansies, and lavender.
  • Winter. There are many plants that people typically associate with holidays in winter, such as poinsettias. If you’re holding a plant sale around Christmas, consider offering wreaths and garlands for supporters to purchase as well.

Be strategic with your plant options to drum up the most interest among community members. Whether you’re only selling flowers, or mixing a few vegetables and herbs in the mix, consider how they can complement the season you’re selling them in to boost your results.

How will you get the plants you’re selling?

Plants need time to sprout and blossom in order to become the beautiful products you’re planning to sell at your plant sale. Depending on your nonprofit’s preferred timeline and resources, you have a few choices when it comes to acquiring plants to sell.

For example, if you have many green-thumbed staff members and volunteers, you can assemble them to plant and grow them yourselves. For this option, you’ll need to do some planning in advance to ensure that everything is ready for sale by the time your fundraiser rolls around. Furthermore, it’s important to conduct research to determine which plants will grow best in your local climate.

Another effective option is to partner with a product fundraising service that provides your organization with all the plants you need to sell for an affordable price. Often, these services offer additional fundraising guidance and planning as well.

Where will you host your plant sale?

If your nonprofit is planning to grow its own plants, you can consider hosting your plant sale right at your garden. This way, your supporters can see the hard work and effort you’ve put into producing these plants for them to purchase.

However, any venue from an indoor event hall to an outdoor parking lot can suffice for your plant sale, as long as there’s plenty of space for supporters to stroll around and admire your plants.

5 Tips to Boost Your Plant Sale Results

Once you have a concrete plan in place for your upcoming plant sale, factor in these essential tips to maximize your results:

  • Promote your plant sale through multiple channels, including email, social media, and flyers.
  • Appeal to supporters with children by offering activities such as leaf rubbings and other crafts at the fundraiser.
  • Add care instructions to each plant for supporters to take home.
  • Consider selling branded merchandise to boost funds.
  • Provide snacks and refreshments to improve the supporter experience.

By planning ahead and implementing these tips to further engage your nonprofit’s supporters, you’ll be well on your way to hosting a successful plant sale that brings in significant revenue for your cause!