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20 Best Flowers You Should Sell in your Flower Shop

Maximizing a flower shop business means selling the types of flowers that people are looking for, and once they find them in your shop, they will buy them.

There are different types of flowers that a flower shop can sell and make money from, but the fact remains that some of the flowers are difficult to get, and you may even have to import them from another country.

The whole idea is that you must do all you can to have the flowers that are in high demand in your city even if it means spending the extra money to import them. Having said that, here are the 20 best-selling flowers you should sell in your flower shop.

Best-Selling Flowers for Your Flower Shop

  1. Roses (Rosa spp.)

Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown for their flowers in the garden and sometimes indoors. They have been also used for commercial perfumery and commercial cut flower crops.

Roses can also be used in tinctures, glycerites, teas, honey, oxymels, syrups, vinegar, and hydrosols, as a flower remedy and an essential oil. Rose hips are commonly known as a good source of vitamin C.

  1. Tulips (Tulipa spp.)

Apart from the fact that Tulips are easy to cultivate, they are used for various purposes making them highly demanded in a flower shop.

Tulip petals are edible and can be used to replace onions in many recipes or even to make wine. At the peak of the tulip mania, the flowers were worth more than diamonds. Interestingly, there are over 150 species of tulips with a shocking 3000 varieties.

  1. Lilies (Lilium spp.)

The fact that Lilies are a popular flower makes it easier to sell in flower shops. The popularity of Lillies stems from the fact that during the Middle Ages, the Madonna lily was associated with the Virgin Mary as a symbol of purity.

Due to their fragrance, lilies are often used in perfumes. The Ancient Greeks used lilies to reduce wrinkles. China lily bulbs are often used in soups, stir-fries, and cold dishes.

  1. Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)

The reason why sunflowers are in high demand is because of what they are used for, and the health benefits. For example, a tea made from sunflower leaves has astringent, diuretic, and expectorant properties and has been used to treat fevers. A poultice made from pounded leaves has also been used on sores, snake bites, and spider bites.

A preparation of the seeds has been widely used for colds and coughs and the seeds have served as a substitute for quinine in the treatment of malaria. So also, a decoction made from sunflower seeds has been used to soothe aches.

  1. Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera spp.)

Apart from the fact that these bright and colorful flowers have a long vase life and are often used in bouquets, they are also used for other purposes.

Gerbera is ideal for beds, borders, pots, and rock gardens besides as cut flowers. Interestingly, the Gerbera daisies come in many vibrant colors including red, orange, yellow, pink, white, and cream.

  1. Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus)

The reason why you should consider selling Carnations is because of what the flower is used for. Carnations are among the most popular commercial cut flowers, being used in floral arrangements, corsages, and boutonnieres. Carnations are the perfect choice for those about to tie the knot as they represent devotion.

  1. Peonies (Paeonia spp.)

The reason why people look for Peonies is simply because of what they are used for. The roots and seeds of peonies have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat headaches, asthma, convulsions, liver disease, and several more ailments.

Peonies also have been used in European herbal medicine as a remedy for bladder and kidney problems. Although peonies are still used in herbal medicine today, but they are more commonly used for their beauty in our home garden and as our favorite bouquet flower.

  1. Daffodils (Narcissus spp.)

Apart from the fact that daffodil spring-blooming flowers with trumpet-shaped blooms add a touch of brightness to any bouquet, they are also used for other purposes, a substance extracted from daffodil bulbs, galantamine, is used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Extracts from daffodils have been used as traditional medicines for a wide variety of diseases, including tumors, for thousands of years.

  1. Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus)

Antirrhinum majus (common snapdragon) is a species of flowering plant belonging to the genus Antirrhinum. The flowers and leaves of snapdragons have been used as traditional herbal medicine for treating several symptoms and diseases, including watery eyes, gum scurvy, hemorrhoids, ulcers, liver disorders, and tumors.

  1. Orchids

Orchids are one of the largest genera of flowering plants, with about 30,000 species worldwide. Orchids vary widely in their appearance. Many have stunningly beautiful flowers with stripes and spots, while others are almost ugly with hairs and even warty bumps.

The flower of the orchid plant is colorful, and fragrant and can vary in size from microscopic plants (Platystele) to long vines (Vanilla) to gigantic plants (Grammatophullum).

There is an outer whorl of three similar segments called sepals. Within the sepals is another whorl of three segments called petals.

  1. Hydrangeas

The Hydrangea comes from the Greek meaning “water vessel”. This is appropriate since they need a moderate amount of water to grow their best. Hydrangeas do grow well on clay soils but will struggle on sandy soils unless they have been amended with mulch and extra water.

All hydrangeas grow best in part shade. Interestingly, Hydrangea is used for urinary tract problems such as infections of the bladder, urethra, and prostate; enlarged prostate; and kidney stones. It is also used for hay fever.

  1. Irises

Iris (genus Iris), is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants, including some of the world’s most popular and varied garden flowers.

The diversity of the genus is centered in the north temperate zone, though some of its most handsome species are native to the Mediterranean and central Asian areas.

An extract from the iris, called Orris Root, is used as an additive to perfumes and is the most widely used fixative for potpourri. Orris is also an ingredient in some brands of gin.

  1. Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum is a large genus in the Asteraceae (daisy) family. of which there are thousands of cultivars. The name “chrysanthemum” is derived from ancient Greek for the words gold and flower. The plants can grow 2-4 feet tall with blooms that are white, yellow, or pink in the wild.

Chrysanthemums are a lot more than just beautiful-looking flowers. They were once used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, headaches, and dizziness.

  1. Calla Lilies

Calla lily is an herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennial grown from rhizomes. Tubular-shaped flowers with pointed tips produce a long, finger-like spadix at the center.

Blooms come in colors of white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, green, or black. Tall elegant stems rise above broad solid green or speckled leaves.

White calla lily flowers are commonly used in Easter services and have come to represent resurrection and rebirth. This is also why calla lilies are a traditional choice for funeral arrangements and expressions of sympathy.

  1. Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria comes in upside-down leaves and brightly colored blooms; these are the characteristics that make the alstroemeria such a distinctive and interesting flower.

Sometimes mistaken for miniature lilies, the alstroemeria can be easily recognized by the dark markings in their trumpet-shaped heads and yellow throats. The alstroemeria flower has an array of meanings depending on the color.

The beautiful blooms always connect to a similar meaning of friendship, love, strength, and devotion. They are often thought to represent mutual support. And the ability to help each other through the trials and tribulations of life.

  1. Lisianthus

This hardy plant produces bell-shaped flowers that are often mistaken for roses or peonies. The botanical name for lisianthus is Eustoma grandiflorum, and the plant comes from the Gentianaceae family.

Since the name, lisianthus can be hard to pronounce, they are also often known as ‘Lizzies’ for short. Lisianthus are very distinctive looking, they have succulent-esque leaves with a blue-green color.

They can also grow anywhere from 15-60 cm tall! They are naturally found in shades of pink, purple, white, and blue. But you can also find bicolored varieties – and sometimes you can even find red or yellow flowers!

  1. Ranunculus

The Ranunculus is a genus made up of almost 600 species of flowers that belong to the Ranunculaceae family. The flowers are commonly referred to as buttercups, spearworts, or water crowfoots.

Ranunculus are easy to identify with their luscious layers of petals and texture. Ranunculus stems typically grow to 30 cm in height and feature lush foliage with alternate, fern-like leaves.

Topping its stems are loosely clustered, cup-shaped flowers (in either single or double forms) that measure up to 5 cm in diameter, with anthers that are usually black.

  1. Freesias

Native to South Africa, freesias are frost-tender perennials that grow from corms. The large-flowered hybrids sold by florists feature sweetly fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers (5-10 per stem) that bloom in one-sided racemes atop leafless, arching, and wiry stems. The plants are grown indoors in pots or gardens in mild climates, and the cut flowers are important in the floral industry.

  1. Proteas

In Protea species, they are often surrounded at the base by stiff, colorful, petal-like leaves or bracts, which often form a cup shape, with a mass of one- to two-inch, white stamens in the center.

It might interest you to note that the Protea flower with pink and yellow petals, is the national flower of South Africa, and hence their cricket team is called proteas.

  1. Gladiolus

Gladiolus, (genus Gladiolus), is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants of the iris family, native to Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean area.

Several species are widely cultivated for cut flowers and as garden ornamentals. Generally, gladioli represent strength of character, faithfulness, moral integrity, and remembrance.