Buy Flowers or Plants on Valentine’s Day – Red Deer Advocate

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. With Mother’s Day, these are the two busiest days for florists. As the cost of cut flowers fluctuates with market demand, the cost of bouquets and cut flowers can double the week of February 14. Florists cannot absorb the cost differences and the increase is passed on to the consumer.

When buying flowers, look for those that are fresh. With roses, the calyx, which is the green part below the petals, should always support the petals. When the calyx begins to fold, the flowers are ready to separate.

All flower stems should be straight and firm as they hold the flowers in place.

It is important that the flowers have buds that will open and prolong the life of the arrangement.

The leaves should be flexible and soft to the touch. The leaves should never be below the water line as they will rot, causing bacteria to grow in the water, which will shorten the life of the arrangement.

While buying cut flowers is a tradition for Valentine’s Day, many people chose to buy a tropical plant for their loved one last February.

The growing demand for tropical plants has prompted growers to increase the variety and quantity of their crops. New varieties appear in small and large stores.

More and more types of flower pots are available, which makes it easier to integrate the plant into the decor.

The cost of plants can range from a few dollars to hundreds depending on the size and variety of the plant and where it is purchased. Plant demand and availability can make a difference in price, but plant and pot size are the determining factors in box stores.

Orchids that were once very expensive, hard to find and difficult to grow have become a common houseplant with the introduction of phalaenopsis or moth orchid selections. These orchids thrive in most homes while other varieties need specific habitats.

Phalaenopis come in two different sizes and the colorful flowers can last up to four months. Look for a plant with firm leaves that don’t droop.

Succulents come in all colors, shapes and sizes. One or two will fit into the smallest house. These plants are low maintenance, so it makes sense to give one as a gift.

Anthuriums are easy-to-grow plants that bloom all year round. These plants love a bright area and will withstand drought and neglect, making them a perfect gift for anyone who loves plants or struggles to keep them alive.

Other plants that are high on the popularity list right now are monsteras, heart-shaped philodendrons, or maybe a heart-shaped hoya.

In reality, the best plant to give away is one that will thrive in the available environment.

Cut flowers and tropical plants make great gifts. Choose a gift that will delight the recipient.

Linda Tomlinson has been gardening in central Alberta for over 30 years. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Terri S. Tomasini