How to Pick the Right Flowers on Valentine’s Day
7. The best red roses are ice cold. “If the product is outside of a cold chamber, which is 32 to 36 degrees, they lose life for every minute they’re outside that cold,” warns Christine Boldt, executive vice president of the Association of Floral Importers (AFIF). Hence, this advice:
8. Don’t buy online. You can save money and score good deals online for almost anything – except flowers. Why? Boldt answers that question with her own: Have you ever seen a refrigerated UPS or FedEx truck? No.”
9. Do buy from grocery and even warehouse stores. Ask if those stores keep their flowers refrigerated. If so, then they can be just as long-lasting as those at a florist.
10. Look for tight buds. In other words, look for flowers that don’t look good at that moment – because they’ll blossom in a few hours and will stay that way for many days. If those buds are already open, they’ll only last another day or two. If your flowers don’t come with a tiny packet of flower food, ask for it. And use it. That packet isn’t a gimmick – it really does help.
11. Don’t be afraid to ask for replacements. If you buy a jar of spoiled peanut butter, you take it back to the grocery store. Florists (and other experienced retailers who sell flowers) know that they sometimes stock buds that are duds. If you’ve taken all this advice and they die early, ask for new ones.