If you haven't ordered flowers yet for your Valentine, here are some tips to find a truly local florist and ways to get your flowers to last longer. There are also lots of non-traditional ways to remember your Valentine this year.
Local Numbers May not Mean the Florist is Local
Some companies are buying up local phone numbers to make it appear as though they are local.
So if you don't have a local florist you know, when you call a florist ask these questions:
- Where are you located?
- Can you give me your exact address?
- Can you give me directions to your shop?
If the florist can't answer these questions, chances are they may not be local. Then check some of the sites below.
The Federal Trade Commission has published some helpful tips when ordering flowers.
This site put together by florists also has some helpful tips.
To find a local florist, the Texas Department of Agriculture recommends checking out this web site here.
American Institute of Floral Designers this site helps you locate information on accredited floral designers.
How to Make Your Flowers Last Longer
The Society of American Florists says most flower arrangements will last between 4 and 7 days. But there are things you can do to help lengthen the life of your flowers:
- Trim stems while running them under water.
- Remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Leaves that sit in water can speed up bacteria growth.
- Keep the water fresh. If it begins to look cloudy, it's time to change the water. It's best to use room temperature water.
- Keep the vase in a cool spot—65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended. Don't store then near vents, fans or direct sunlight.
Non traditional ways to spoil your Valentine
Kiss my Valentine is an Android only app that lets you send virtual kisses, hugs and sweet messages to your Valentine all day. It also lets you do the same for other special occasions throughout the year.
Check out this site for some other fun apps that can help make your Valentine's Day a bit more memorable.
Use Skout to send virtual flowers, teddy bears or even diamonds. The app's free, though you pay anywhere from 20 cents to $10 in real money to send those not-so-real roses. Wiklund calls virtual gifts "a great icebreaker. When you get virtual flowers, the recipient has the same feeling as getting a real gift, because someone has sent them something that costs money.''