Flower Buying Tips, Find the Best Florists
Valentine’s Day – it’s the traditional day during which many people express their love with flowers. Spending the time to be creative for your loved one will be the most appreciated thing you can do on February 14, and it might even save you some money.
But the holiday falls on a Sunday this year – what does that mean for delivery and availability for last-minute shoppers?
Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies asked its highly-rated florists for help making sure your arrangement gets delivered on time, purchasing a bouquet that won’t break the bank, and how to be sure Cupid’s arrow hits your mark when buying flowers.
- Order early: Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for florists and the holiday falls on a Sunday this year. Place your order now to be sure you’ll get the best selection, price and service.
- Delivery on Sunday? Some florists will not be open and won’t deliver. Find out ahead of time what your florist is willing to do. Better yet: save the fee and deliver your flowers in person.
- Know your Valentine: What is your sweetheart’s favorite flower and/or color? Is he/she allergic to flowers? Does your Valentine enjoying working in the yard? If so, something to plant outdoors might be better than fresh-cut flowers that will only last a short time.
- Rose alternatives: Red roses will be in huge demand. Choose tulips, hyacinths, or a mixed arrangement to save money but still go floral. You can also ask for a mix of flowers with a few roses to help keep costs down.
- Online vs. Local: Shopping online might be easier and quicker but you’ll sacrifice the personal touch. Worse, your bouquet may not match the picture on the screen. Local florists offer custom arrangements and are your best bet for the most personal service and value.
- Guarantee: Ask the florist about a guarantee. Most florists will replace blooms that arrive wilted
- Value added: Personalize your arrangement with a keepsake crystal vase, scented candle, special photograph or gift basket.
- Gather your info: Finally, have the recipients name, address, and telephone number before calling a florist to place your order.
Angie's List tips for making cut flowers last as long as possible:
- Change the water every two-to-three days.
- Cut the stems on an angle under water with a sharp knife or pair of scissors each time you change the water.
- Keep the arrangement away from direct sunlight, heat or heavy draft.
- Use the preservative that comes with the flowers.
- Keep foliage out of the water.
- Depending on the flower, arrangements can last anywhere from three to 10 days