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Local businesses prep for Valentine's Day

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The first flowers inserted into the foam establish the height width and shape of the arrangement. Michael Vosburg  Forum News Service

UPS has announced that it is ramping up its network to deliver an estimated 88m flowers this Valentine's Day. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 58 percent of American men and 16 percent of American women were projected to buy flowers for Valentine's Day 2016, spending a total of $1.9 billion. Doing your homework before you spend big time could pay off.

KFC chief executive Clement Tulezi remained upbeat the local market would absorb a significant portion of flowers in the local stores. Baker said even though it is the busiest day for them it is worth it to know they are making someone's day. We only used standard delivery.

But there's more focus on flowers during the workweek, he said. Free delivery promotions also can save you big time.

"Dozen roses, half dozen roses, single stem roses", Gendron said. She says most buy single roses or small bouquets and the occasional teddy bear or balloon to go with it.

"We have several thousands of Roses". This will allow her to try every option and put it back in the box after one bite.

"A favorite here in St. Cloud, we have a bouquet that's called lilies and roses and it's got the large stargazer lilies in combination with roses, so it makes up a handsome, fragrant bouquet".

"We already have orders coming in from way early".

By accident, you might end up ordering through a third party website. Tomorrow we'll have arrangements ready to be placed on the truck. 750,000 square feet of greenhouses, just 15,000 square feet is designated for growing red roses these days, he said.

"There are one or two that like the bouquets and some natives". After the water change, the pink Price Chopper roses and the pink Bouqs tea roses perked up and maintained bright color and blooms. So, often the flowers that get delivered aren't exactly like the display.

The business may reserve the right to swap out your specific flowers for "similar" flowers if the company is out of stock.

Instagram has provided a launchpad for the up-and-coming Sonoma Flower Mart, too, where they're @sonomaflowermart.

Also, the online clearinghouses may look like catalogs, but they are actually style selections.

With Valentine's Day tomorrow, the freshest flowers will be gone from store shelves in a heartbeat.

Showing your partner you love and appreciate them can take a lot of planning sometimes but if you haven't made plans yet it doesn't mean you're out of luck.

Roses wait to be picked for Valentine's Day arrangements at Janie's Country Florist in Bristol, Virginia.

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