In 2017, Americans spent $18.2 BILLION on gifts for their significant others on Valentine’s Day. 48.3% of those gifts were, you guessed it, cut flowers. Why are we spending $50 to $125 dollars on flower arrangements that are going to wither and die within a week!? Consider giving your loved ones something that is long-lasting, and will continue to grow overtime, just like your love. You know what they say, grocery store flowers on Valentine’s Day are the perfect way to show someone you care slightly more than not at all. Here are the Top 5 reasons cut flowers are the worst gift for your sweetie pie!
#1: Cut Roses are expensive for absolutely no reason
Due to the price gouging law of supply and demand, roses double in price during the Valentine’s Day season. You’re not only paying for the high demand on roses, but you’re also paying for the manual labor, transportation costs, economy factors, and much more.
Roses are often delivered by plane or truck if they’re coming from farms located in the United States, further increasing your price. After the economy collapsed, a lot of local growers went out of business. Because of the decrease of supplies available in the United States, the prices have gone up. As of right now, you can expect to pay about $50 to $125, or more, on 12 dying roses for your Valentine. If you’re going to spend that much, wouldn’t you want to give a lifetime of blooms or fruit….
#2: They aren’t even grown locally
Have you ever thought about where your flowers are from? You would assume that they were grown locally, but according to IB Times, 90% of the flowers that Americans will purchase for Valentine’s Day will be imported from Colombia and Ecuador. No big deal right? Since Valentine’s Day is during the winter, must be grown in a region where roses bloom in January and February. Well, you’re wrong. It is a HUGE DEAL. Workers in Ecuador and Colombia work over 20 hours PER DAY and work closely to harmful chemicals that cause many health issues. For instance, asthma, impaired vision, stillbirths, miscarriages, and much more. Some of those workers are children.
#3: Cut Roses Die within a week (if that)
The roses that you buy from florists and grocery stores are about seven days old before they even get to your Valentine. Instead of spending an insane amount of money on flowers that are going to die within a few days, consider Knock Out® Roses instead. They were created by William Radler, to be everything that traditional roses are not. He loved the elegance of the flower, but hated the fact that they were prone to diseases and couldn’t withstand cold temperatures. The Knock Out® Rose is pest resistant, disease resistant, and cold hardy. For red roses, try The
Double Knock Out®. For pink blooms, try the Double Pink Knock Out®, and for fragrant flowers, try the Sunny Knock Out®!
#4: Most Cliche Gift
We live in an age where we aren’t limited by what’s in our local area. Don’t conform and give another boring bouquet. Give your Valentine something they’ll never forget!
If you’d like to go the old fashioned route, check out some of these flowers and the meaning behind them:
Nothing says I’m sweet for you like a fruit tree! Try some of these options below and tie one of these recipes around the trunk of the tree!
#5: They have no meaning, until now.
“ Cut flowers are the gift that’s meant to be forgotten. Our flowers are the gift that keeps on giving”
When you stop and think about it, why give your Valentine flowers that are only going to last for a few weeks? If not, days? Your love should be everlasting and shouldn’t be represented by flowers that are in the process of dying. Instead of buying cut flowers for your Valentine, take a different turn and buy plants that have a root system. Not only will the plants live a long and happy life, but every-time it blooms he or she will be reminded of every Valentine’s Day you both have shared with one another. If you give your Valentine a fruit tree, make it a tradition to pick the fruit off of the tree, and bake something special for your sweetie pie! Year after year, you will witness your love grow and become abundant just like the plants you add to your garden year after year.
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