Happy Valentine’s Day

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate, teddy bears and flowers.

Despite the bitter cold weather we had last week, you will still be able to buy some beautiful flowers for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

Kansas First News Reporter Vanessa Martinas tells us how your flowers survived this season.

The majority of florists in Topeka go to wholesaler, Baisch and Skinner for their flowers.

Baisch and Skinner’s Manager Bob Oliva makes sure the flowers are in tip-top shape before selling them to florists.

“We received a few things that did get frozen, but we try to open every box before it goes out,” Oliva said.

One place where you will see some Baisch and Skinner flowers is at Hyvee.

Hyvee floral designer, Patty Kadlicek says the snow delayed the designers almost a whole day.

“We’ve had a lot of problems with the trucks being late with all the flowers,” Kadlicek said.

Oliva says the key this season was being prepared to keep the flowers in water and in refrigerators at 53 degrees.

“So everything was pretty much taken care of before the snow or anything hit,” Oliva said.

Kadlicek says that all of their efforts don’t need to stop when the flowers are purchased.

Now, it’s up to you to keep them alive longer and it’s simpler than you might think.

“Keep the flowers away from a cold draft like a door opening and closing, away from a heater vent, change the water frequently, re-cut the stems and put some flower food in them,” Kadlicek said.

As your nose gets that familiar smell of spring when you walk into your local florist, remember to cover your flowers as you leave.

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, the average American plans spend about $134 on gifts and dinner on Valentine’s Day.

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