7 Long Lasting Florals for Valentine’s Day

You’re planning the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration and want to be sure the day is just as special as any other year, despite all of these lovely COVID impacts… 

If you’re ordering flowers, naturally, you want to make sure they last as long as possible, right!?

We’re here to help you choose the right blooms for your sweetheart that will last well beyond the big day!

Carnations are one of the best cut flowers to include in an arrangement.

If cared for correctly, these beauties can last up to 2 weeks! 

Care Tips: 

  • Be sure to change your vase water, if not every day, then every other day to ensure they have the best shot at the longest life possible. 
  • When changing the water, take a pair of sharp shears and recut the stems at a 45-degree angle so they get enough water intake. 

Pro tip: When cutting your carnations, cut directly in the middle of the thick, knobby looking part of the stem. 

  • Use cold water and be sure none of the foliage is submerged. The cold water prevents any air bubbles from blocking water absorption inside the stem. 

A Valentine’s Day classic: the rose. 

Whether you choose romantic red, pretty pink, or happy yellow, here are some top tips for keeping your fresh friends looking their best. 

Care Tips:

  • For fresh-cut roses, you’re going to want to fill a clean vase with lukewarm water. Extreme temperatures can shock your roses and thus shorten their life.
  • Flower food is also an excellent option to help nurture your roses once they hit the vase. Pour a bit into a clean vase before putting the blooms back in.
  • Change the water frequently, removing all wilting petals and leaves to avoid rot. Pro tip: Don:t be afraid to peel back petals directly from the bloom if they start looking funky. Doing so can help keep your roses alive much longer! (Just try not to go too petal crazy ;)).

A sweet and sunny alternative to roses, the sunflower is another favorite pick for Valentine’s Day.

Care Tips:

A symbol of beauty & love, the pink orchid is a perfect bloom for Valentine’s Day. 

If properly cared for, these beauties can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks!

Most orchids can even keep their freshness out of water (for a few hours, that is). 

Care Tips:

A non-traditional take on Valentine’s Day flowers, but we’re soo here for it.

With their deep blue-purple hues, these blooms are perfect for adding depth and contrast to any V-Day arrangement.

Care Tips: 

Also known as the Peruvian Lily, Alstroemeria is another beautiful, long-lasting choice for your sweethearts Valentine’s Day bouquet.

With 6 to 8 flowers per stem, you totally get more blooms for your buck with these. 

They’re also a pretty perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day arrangement as their 6 petals stand for understanding, humor, patience, empathy, commitment, and respect

Care Tips:

  • Be sure to remove any fallen leaves from the water (Alstro has quite a bit of foliage on its stems). 
  • Use a flower preservative to keep the leaves green and blooms vibrant!

A personal favorite (don’t tell the others), it’s truly a crime to keep the gerbera daisies’ bright, vibrant colors out of any Valentine’s Day arrangement. 

Care Tips:

  • When re-cutting the stems of your gerbs, hold the end of the stem under water, cutting about a half of an inch off of the bottom at a 45-degree angle.
  • Keep the water in your vase relatively shallow, only covering about 1 inch of the stems, so they do not become soft and mushy. 
  • Keep your gerbera’s in a spot with nice bright indirect light and avoid areas susceptible to heat or drafts. 

Happy loving!

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