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Buying Valentine Roses

Buying Valentine Roses

Auburn, Alabama—Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many consumers are planning to buy flowers and candy for their sweethearts. People often associate roses with this holiday and wonder why the cost of commercial roses is higher in February than in any other month of the year.

“It takes about eight weeks for a commercial rose bush to produce roses,” says James Miles, a regional Extension agent in commercial horticulturist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Cost of roses

Ideal growing conditions are not easily found in December and January. The cost of roses goes up because demand for roses in February is high and production is difficult.  Average cost of a dozen roses in February range from $60 to $225 from Florist. Delivery fees range from $12 to $50.  Big box store price per dozen ranges from $25 to $60.

Roses are least expensive in June, when warm temperatures and sunlight are abundant.

Other flower choices

Although roses are the most popular flower given on Valentine’s Day, other choices are available. Azaleas, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and other red, potted plants are available in February and make good gifts.

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  1. I think roses are overrated and the fact they get so popular around 14-th of February is kind of irritating. It’s not only the fact that they are too mainstream, but also overpriced, which makes the whole “romantic gesture thing” in a way pointless. I think it is much better to spend the your money on concert or theater tickets instead of on enormous flower bouquet, but that’s just me.