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Flower prices up slightly this Valentine's Day, depending on suppliers

Valentine's Day is just two days away, and if you plan on getting some flowers for that special someone, you might have to pay more this year.

Posted: Feb. 12, 2018 6:36 PM
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 6:06 PM

UTICA, NY-- Valentine's Day is just two days away, and if you plan on getting some flowers for that special someone, you might have to pay more this year.

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"We’ve raised our rose prices $1, we haven’t raise them in three years, so $1 per rose," said Cyndi Lacelle, owner of Village Florals in New Hartford. "It’s not really impacting the orders."

But increased prices could just depend on where florists are buying flowers from.

Bill Waszkiewicz, owner of Chester's Flower Shop and Greenhouses, said the cost of flowers at his shop hasn't changed.

"We noticed some quality issues on some of the things we bought it from California," he said. "We don’t have that much coming from California so didn’t really affect us. We haven’t changed our prices I haven’t gone up since last year although the cost of the flowers have gone up a little bit...that’s mostly because of supply and demand."

Lacelle said the cost of flowers increased at Village Florals because of distributors.

"Florida and the hurricanes in that area that we got them from, Costa Rico, they come from overseas," she said. "But all your other flowers your snap dragons, your stock, your irises, so there’s a lot of different garden flowers that come out of California this time of year and they were impacted."

Waszkiewicz offered advice for anyone interested in buying flowers this Valentine's Day.

"If you feel like a dozen roses is expensive, you can get one rose that’s sure makes somebody smile just to get one rose, you don’t need to go crazy."

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