Valentine’s Day is like the super bowl of flowers in the floral world. A seemingly countless amount of roses are shipped, processed, and turned into beautiful arrangements for loved ones because a rose is the “it” flower to give. Have you ever considered giving another type of flower? I took to Instagram and asked my flower friends what flowers they would like to receive for Valentine’s Day other than roses? After tallying the results, three flowers shined and I am including a bonus idea that may not have been thought of as a gift!
- For Valentine’s Day, there are two common ways most people buy flowers for their loved ones. The first way is the ever popular trip to the grocery store. This brings me to the most requested flower in my poll. Tulips! You can often find tulips at the grocery store year around. Here is a tip: look for the American Grown symbol on the side of the tulip package. This helps support our domestic farms!
2. The second way most people buy flowers for their loved ones for Valentine’s Day is through a florist shop. Usually, a beautiful arrangement of anything is requested but here is a tip of the second most requested flower in my poll. The ranunculus! You may have never heard of it before but in the cut flower growing world, we know it as the rose of the spring. It resembles a rose and lasts weeks in a vase. You absolutely cannot go wrong asking for ranunculus in your beautiful arrangement to replace the standard rose.
3. The third most requested flower for Valentine’s Day was a potted plant or a gift card to a local garden center. A fantastic potted plant that you can easily find around Valentine’s Day is the hellebore. Oftentimes, it may be in bloom in the pot! You can enjoy the plant inside for a few weeks and later it can be planted outside in a shady location. It is a plant that if given the right growing conditions, will be the gift that keeps on giving for years to come!
- The final bonus tip of Valentine’s Day gift ideas would be to find a local flower farm and see if they offer bouquet subscriptions. Usually these subscriptions start in the Spring and continue through the summer. Common subscription options are 4, 6 and 12 weeks of blooms. This would be a fantastic gift that would offer flowers for a long period of time and support local farms as well. Cheers to a lovely Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!