What's the Difference Between Supermarket and Florist Flowers?
A rose is a rose is a rose...Flowers are flowers, right? Does it really matter where you get your flowers from? Besides growing your own, there are basically two main places to purchase flowers: at the supermarket or at a florist. Both places offer a variety of flowers, but is there a difference between the quality flowers?
As a floral company that has been in the business for over 25 years, we would like to think so.
Here is a chart that shows the differences between the flowers:
- Flowers from the florist tend to stay fresher longer because professional florists are trained to process the flowers (i.e treating freshly cut flowers with specialty flower food, keeping them at the proper temperatures, changing the water, etc...) once they received them at the store.
- Florist flowers are usually more expensive than ones from the supermarket. But the quality of the product justifies the higher cost.
- There is a greater selection and variety of flowers at a florist. They
can also work with you to create professional-looking, quality, custom
flower arrangements for special occasions, like weddings and funerals.
- Florists are more knowledgeable and passionate about flowers than a supermarket staff member. They would be able to give you better service and offer professional advice on the best flowers to send, how to care for your flowers when you bring them home, etc.
- Lastly, florists make flowers their business. Because they specialize in flowers, it is in their best interest to sell the best quality, most beautiful flowers in their store.
- Supermarket flowers are often short-lived because the flowers aren't given the proper treatment to keep them fresh and healthy. Plus, the flowers are usually placed near ripe fruit and vegetables, where harmful ethylene is produced, causing the flowers to wilt faster.
- Supermarket flowers are quite affordable, costing only a fraction of a bouquet from a florist.
- Flower selection is usually limited; the floral department of a
supermarket is smaller than an average floral shop. So they may not be
able to fulfill bigger orders (i.e funeral arrangements or weddings).
- Usually at the supermarket, there is little or no service in the floral department. The
flowers are usually displayed in an area where you have to help
yourself. There isn't anyone there to answer questions or give advice.
You are on your own when it comes to picking your own flowers.
- Since supermarkets sell a wide variety of goods, including food,
produce, electronics, health care products, flowers are not a priority
for them. The flowers that are sold at the supermarket may be affordable, but the quality may not be the best.
So as you can see, there are many advantages to buying your flowers from a florist than a supermarket. And we aren't just saying that because we are florists and are bias in our views, but because we want the very best for you! We love fresh flowers and we want them to last as long as possible! While supermarket flowers can be more convenient and affordable, if you are celebrating a very special occasion or want to make a memorable first impressions, it's probably a good idea to visit your local florist rather than a supermarket for your flowers!