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.