Behind The Scenes At Bell
Bell Nursery and its Premier Plantscapes division in Burtonsville, Md., were just featured on Washington, D.C.’s, Fox News affiliate to give consumers tips on decorating with plants for the holidays. And Thanksgiving weekend, GG’s Editor Delilah Onofrey visited Bell to see how sales were moving after Black Friday. Bell’s Executive Vice President Adam Stewart reports Black Friday sales were 20 percent ahead of last year. “We sold about half a million 6-inch 99-cent poinsettias on Black Friday, 460,000.”
Bell serves more than 180 Home Depot stores with production facilities in Maryland, Virginia and Ohio and a network of more than 40 contract growers. While Black Friday featured the 99-cent poinsettia promotion, prices returned to $5.97 for the plants in 6.5-inch pots the following days. Ten-inch were selling well at $19.97 and the special poinsettia trees retailed for $36.98. Bell also brought in novelty mini poinsettias from Holtkamp Greenhouses in ceramic Christmas character pots. Holtkamp is able to move more plants through Home Depot working through the mega growers in the various regions. This has been especially good for sales of its specialty African violets, a timeless consumer favorite.
Catch the action in the greenhouse and Home Depot stores in the slideshow below.