How Flower Growers Prepare for Valentine's Day

Cupid's first visit is to nurseries around the world, ensuring flowers will be at their best for V-Day.

By: THURSD. | 07-02-2024 | 7 min read
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One of the most important dates for the flower business is Valentine’s Day, and without a doubt, the protagonists of this date, are the flowers, mainly (red) roses. For flower growers, Valentine's Day is not just a date on the calendar; it's a season of love that requires meticulous planning and preparation.

Cupid's first visit is to nurseries around the world, ensuring flowers will be at their best for V-Day. So, as this little angel's arrows start to fly, let's take a closer look at how flower growers can optimize their Valentine's Day production and sales for a blooming success.

Valentine's Day in the Eyes of the Grower

Valentine's Day is not just a celebration for lovers around the world. It's so much more. It's a feast for the whole floriculture industry, and everyone's invited. Also for the grower, with whom the celebration starts long before that one fine day in February. This is Valentine's Day from the perspective of the flower producer.


Valentines Day for growers Alexandra Farms
At Alexandra Farms with Joey Azout. Photo by @Paper Talk Podcast.


Start in Time

Valentine's Day might be in mid-February, but the groundwork starts months in advance. Successful growers begin planning and planting well ahead of time. By selecting the right varieties, timing the planting schedule, and ensuring optimal growing conditions, they can ensure a bountiful harvest when the big day arrives.

Grower Rosaprima from Ecuador says:

"When preparing for busy holidays, our process remains the same. It involves hands-on development and inspection by expert eyes. ​Four months before, we know which varieties will be in high demand and ensure all our areas are in check."


Valentines Day for growers Rosaprima
Rose expert at Rosaprima's farm. Photo by @rosaprimaroses.


Rafael Santillán from Ecuadorian grower Flower Fest Farms explains in detail how farms prepare to supply the high demand for flowers on the 14th of February:

"It all begins by prepping the land for the rose plants. The soil is disinfected, and the rose beds are created for the planting process. The beds measure an average of 31 cm in depth, and the distance between each plant is 15 to 17 cm. When the plant begins to sprout, the flowering cycle lasts between three to four months, depending on the variety.

Throughout the flowering stage of a rose bush, the rose has a very vegetative life. During this time, the stem hardens, and the leaves and the thorns become larger making its appearance more enhanced. At this phase, the rose’s button size is more substantial with an incredibly striking color. It is thought that for February 14th planting is increased, but this is not so. Instead, the procedure for pruning the bushes is modified. This operation begins in mid-October when the most significant number of stems and smaller sprouts are left in the rose bush, which will grow again and bloom in the last days of January and the first days of February."

Variety is the spice of life, and it applies to the floral world too. Offering a diverse range of flowers, from classic red roses to unique and trendy varieties, can attract a broader customer base. Experiment with different colors and shapes to create captivating and eye-catching bouquets.

Quality First!

Quality is key when it comes to Valentine's Day. Focus on nurturing healthy, vibrant flowers. Proper care, nutrition, and pest control are essential to ensure that your blooms meet the highest standards. Quality blooms not only look better but also have a longer vase life, which keeps customers satisfied. A good customer is not one who buys your flowers, it's one who returns to you to buy again and again.

Efficiency is crucial during the Valentine's Day rush. Plan your harvest carefully to ensure that you have enough flowers at their peak freshness. Swift post-harvest handling, including proper hydration and temperature control, will help preserve the quality of your blooms.

The presentation can make or break a sale. Invest in eye-catching and eco-friendly packaging that complements your blooms. Thoughtfully designed packaging can enhance the perceived value of your flowers and set you apart from the competition.


Valentines Day for growers Sian Flowers
Preparing for Valentine's Day at Sian Flowers. Photo by @Sian Flowers.


Sell Well

Consider offering pre-sell and pre-order options to customers. This not only helps you gauge demand but also reduces last-minute rush and stress. Customers appreciate the convenience of planning ahead and knowing they'll have access to your beautiful flowers. Nurture your long-lasting relationships, because they will come back right after Valentine's Day and buy year-round.

Don't underestimate the power of marketing. Leverage social media, your website, and email marketing to create anticipation and excitement around your Valentine's Day offerings. Showcase your floral arrangements with high-quality images and compelling descriptions. Build strong relationships with local wholesalers, importers, cash & carries, and florists. They are your direct link to customers and can help promote your flowers. Collaborative efforts, such as joint promotions or exclusive flower varieties, can be mutually beneficial.


Valentines Day for growers Josarflor
Rose Born Free from breeder De Ruiter at Josarflor in Ecuador. Photo by @deruiterecuador.


The Transport and Cold Chain Hazard

Once the cut has been made, the Valentine's flowers begin to bloom from the end of December and reach their optimum opening point between January 15 and February 3 and are dispatched to wholesalers and auctions around the world between the last week of January. Flowers will be on the market in the week leading up to V-Day, so florists have the time to do what they're best at; creating the loveliest floral arrangements.

In addition to the entire production and post-harvest process, there are other factors to ensure that the flowers have the best possible durability. One of them is transport, and the other is the cold chain. For this reason, floriculturists must have adequate facilities and be able to control the entire cold chain, which ranges from when roses are in the floriculture in the cold room until they are shipped to their destination. This process is why, in trucks where flowers are transported, the temperature must be constant around 3-5° Celsius so that the flowers do not wilt. Another fundamental aspect of transport is the humidity of the air, the same air that is measured with special sensors to guarantee the ideal humidity.


Valentines Day for growers United Selections Jumilia
Carefully packed Rose Jumilia from United Selections. Photo by @united_selections.


Offer Customization

If you have a chance, try to give a personal touch to your flowers. For large-scale operations, this must be difficult, but you could perhaps create one special and smaller higher-valued product line that customizes your flower and/or packaging options. Valentine's Day is a time for personal expressions of love. Allow customers to customize their orders with special requests like unique bouquet arrangements or personalized messages. This personal touch can turn one-time buyers into loyal customers.

Post-Sale Customer Care

After the Valentine's Day rush, follow up with your customers to gather feedback and express your gratitude. Building positive relationships and addressing any concerns can set the stage for repeat business in the future.

In the world of flower growing, Valentine's Day is the ultimate showcase of your craft. By planning ahead, focusing on quality, and embracing creativity, you can optimize your production and sales for a successful Valentine's Day season. Remember, it's not just about flowers; it's about helping people express their love and making their moments truly special.


Valentines Day for growers Porta Nova
Porta Nova's Rose Red Naomi! Supra. Photo by @portanovaroses


For the Love of Flowers... and People

The growers play their part, like everyone does in the floral industry. Yes, Valentine's Day is a commercial holiday in which good money is to be made. Prices can rise sky-high for this brief period. And end-customers willingly pay this, because they have only one goal: to show their love and appreciation with flowers. Growers who understand this, are not in it for the money, but also for the love of flowers and people.


Header image by @Porta Nova. Feature image by @rosaprimaroses.



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