A wholesale florist provides flowers to floral designers, retail stores, and facilities. Wholesalers do not work directly with members of the public, instead focusing on high volume orders for retail and private clients.
Salary: Wholesale florists in Austin, Texas make about $32,000 a year.
Education: Both education and work experience are necessary to become a wholesale florist. Although a bachelor's degree is not required for the majority of wholesale florists, many people do work to earn a four year degree in horticulture to remain competitive in the job market. Many floral experts agree that hands-on experience at a nursery or greenhouse is very important for a successful career.
Skills: wholesale florist must have a creative eye and a head for business. Florists who sell to retailers need to know how to attractively display their products on a large scale. At the same time, a wholesale florist is often running a business and needs to have the right accounting skills. The wholesale in has some different responsibilities than a retail florist, but many of the same skills are required.
Tools: some tools required by wholesale florist include floral tape, floral knives, pruning shears, display racks, floral packaging, baskets, containers.
Hours required: A florist employed by larger companies almost always works a traditional 40-hour work week. If you are self-employed, you will have to work after hours to keep the store in line.