How to buy roses for Valentine's Day without paying too much

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If you're buying red roses for Valentine's Day, get ready for sticker shock--and we're not talking about the thorns. Floral Designer Rebecca Cole has great tips to help you get the most for your money.

How to buy roses for Valentine's Day without paying too much
  • Roses come in ten different grades and many different lengths; the higher the grade, the higher the price.
  • A low-grade rose, like those at a grocery store, is not even bred to open and will never blossom. A rose from your florist has a big gorgeous head and will fully open, but it may cost $8 to $15 per rose.
  • The longer the stem, the more you’ll pay. If you want high-grade roses, order them from a florist, but ask the florist for a shorter stem.
  • If you don’t want to spend a lot of money for your flowers, but you still want to buy roses, mix them with other flowers like carnations, ranunculus and tulips. But do remember that all red flowers will cost more on Valentine’s day.
  • When you buy roses for a Valentine who lives in your town, order from a local florist. And if you’re ordering flowers online, remember that shipping is going to cost you extra.
  • Ask for no filler. Greens are okay, but baby’s breath is very uncool. And remember, you get what you pay for.

 

Transcript Hi, I’m Rebecca Cole for howdini.com. Rose prices double the week before Valentine’s Day so I’m going to give you some tips on how to get the best bang for your buck.

Roses come in ten different grades and many different lengths. The higher the grade, the higher the price. A low grade rose like this one, for instance, you might get at a grocery store is not even bred to open. It will never blossom. Now a beautiful rose like this that you would get at a florist that has a big, gorgeous head and is going to open beautifully might cost you anywhere from eight to fifteen dollars per rose. And then of course the longer the stem the more you’ll pay too. If you want a very good quality rose, for instance, order it from a florist, but ask for a shorter stem. Now if you don’t want to spend a lot of money for your flowers, but you still want roses, then mix them with some other flowers like carnations, ranunculous, tulips, but do remember that all red flowers are going to cost you more on Valentine’s Day.  

If you’re ordering flowers to a Valentine that lives in your town, the order your flowers locally, and if you’re ordering flowers online remember that the shipping will cost you extra. Also, ask for no filler. Green, that’s okay, but baby’s breath, very uncool. So, remember you get what you pay for.
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  • Rebecca Cole

    Rebecca Cole Floral and Interior Designer Rebecca Cole is now one of the most in-demand interior and landscape designers in the country and has been declared a 'stylish, urban horticulturist' by New York Magazine and a 'garden guru' by the New York Post. more about this expert »

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