Ordering Valentine's Roses: GMA Puts Four National Florists to the Test

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So what can you do to get a great deal on your order?

Before you order, do a web search for coupon codes for each brand. You may be able to get a better deal than we did.

And avoid fragile flowers if you're ordering from a service that sends them through the mail. Roses are traditional, but they're not as hardy as some others.

Caring for Your Flowers

Use room temperature water rather than cold water in your vase.
Make sure no flower leaves are dangling in the water.
Cut the flower stems at an angle, so that the bottom of the stem will not rest flat against the bottom of the vase. The angled cut helps the flower absorb water without being blocked.
Remove the outer petals of roses. Mail-order florists leave them on to help protect the flower.
Use the flower food that comes with your bouquet. It really does help.
Display your arrangement away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight.
Cutting the stems and changing the water really does help, but if you're busy, try putting your flowers in the fridge every night when you're not around to enjoy them.

Your Flowers: Tips From the Pros

Here are other, more specific instructions for taking care of your bouquets. Instructions were provided by ProFlowers, 1-800-FLOWERS and FTD.

ProFlowers

1. Fill a clean vase with room temperature water.
2. Add one of the enclosed flower food packets.
3. Cut 1 inch off the stems and remove all leaves that fall below the water line to prevent bacterial growth.
4. For the longest flower life, re-cut each stem on the third day, change water and add the second flower food packet.
5. Always keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and away from drafts or heat.

Note: If your bouquet contains roses, remove the outer two to three guard petals. These rugged outer petals were left on to protect your rose during shipment.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM

1. Fill a clean vase three-quarters full with fresh cool tap water and add one packet of flower food.
2. Cut 1 inch off the stems under running water and immediately place in vase.
3. Re-cut stems, change water and add second packet of flower food on the third day.
4. Keep flowers away from drafts, direct sunlight, and excessive heat or cold.

FTD

1. Add floral preservative and warm water to your vase. Warm water is suggested because flowers do not absorb cold water as quickly.
2. Even wilted flowers can be revived by submerging the entire stem up to the flower head in warm water for 10 minutes.
3. Using scissors, cut stems diagonally (at least half an inch) under running water. This allows the stems to begin 'drinking' immediately. Start arranging your flowers.
4. Place flowers in vase. Do not keep near drafts or in direct sunlight. Some flowers will bloom quickly, others slowly. Buds gradually open in 2 to 4 days starting from the base. Some buds may still remain closed.
5. Don't forget – add fresh water every day. Also re-cut stems every other day to help them absorb water.
6. Prune your flowers of unwanted leaves and blossoms over time as this will encourage other blooms to open. Follow these instructions and your flowers will thrive and have the longest possible life.

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