Up until 40 years ago the only tropical flower one could find in any flower shop in the US – apart from Hawaii – was the Bird of Paradise. Sometime in 1972 more and more flowers from the tropics found their way into a small number of flower shops located in the Village area of NYC, as well as into a select number of florists in San Francisco. Flowers as ginger, heliconia, anthurium, orchids and proteas were becoming very popular amongst the gay community. Nowadays one can find tropical flowers in almost every store in the US, especially in the large cities. Yet, abundant as they have become, many flower consumers shy away from purchasing them. The most probable reason for this phenomenon is ignorance. In this article I shall attempt to argue on why flower buyers should re-think their position on tropical flowers.
New York City is the entry point for most tropical flowers and, if you happen to live in the city, you will be paying much less at most of the florists in NYC than a person living in other states.
Yet, no matter where one resides in the US, tropical flowers are still affordable.
Choosing tropical flowers for any occasion, especially weddings, may be the right way to go. These flowers are usually found in tropical climates and bloom all year-round. They are most popularly used for tropical themed weddings. More often, they are also arranged with other exotic flowers and foliage. During the summer months, when most weddings take place, tropical flowers are abundant and relatively inexpensive, especially large cities.
But tropical flowers aren’t only for tropical themed weddings or the summer season. With their beautiful colors and stunning appearances, they are popular choices for Yankee candle bouquet special occasions and for home decorating. Here are 4 good reasons on why you should be calling your florist to order them:
· Tropical flowers have a long vase life. These types of flowers can live up to two weeks in a vase and/or a floral arrangement. This is ideal for weddings because you and the flower designer could have the floral decorations set up the day before the ceremony. You wouldn’t need to worry about the state of the flowers or whether they’d wilt. These flowers could even be given to guests as favors. It would be a lovely gift that they could take home with them and enjoy for many days while you are on your honeymoon.
For those who want to have them as home decors, you could get more value for your money by having them live longer than regular flowers. You needn’t replace them as often. Again, summer is the best time of the year to buy them.
They bloom all year-round. Tropical flowers don’t have a particular season when they bloom. This means that they are available at your local florist all twelve months of the year. Again, summer is the best time of the year to buy them.
They can withstand heat. Unlike most flowers, they can withstand hot environments. Regular flowers tend to wilt faster in the hot months of summer and spring. For tropical flowers, this wouldn’t be a problem. They can also withstand hot, photographic lights or other activities that would leave other flowers lifeless. This means that for occasions like weddings or parties where there are a lot of lights and people, these flowers would last from start to finish without losing their vibrancy.
Tropical flowers need little maintenance. Aside from their longer vase life, these flowers, because of their thick, succulent stem need little water and less maintenance than regular blooms. Thus making them perfect as gifts as well as home decorations.
Exotic flowers look great for every event. It may be helpful for moms or brides-to-be to know the different tropical flowers available at their favorite florist. Here is a short list of the perfect flowers for all occasions:
Anthuriums. Anthuriums are also known as Flamingo flowers. Their colors include red, burgundy, pink, green and white. They are popularly used in weddings because of their heart shape. Anthuriums are quite large in size so they can easily be utilized for table centerpieces.
Heliconia. Their orange and red shades make them beautiful additions to flower arrangements. Because of their large bloom and long, thick, stem they are often used in large, tall, arrangements.
Birds of Paradise. With their vibrant blue and orange petals, they make for a lovely, low, centerpieces as well as for an elegant tall vase filled with only birds of paradise and some curly willow.
Orchids. Who doesn’t love a good orchid? They have very feminine colors, like pink, red and white, which make them very well loved by brides. They are great for Hawaiian themed weddings and as accents around the home. You can never go wrong with buying flowers from the tropics. They are vibrant, easy to care for, durable and easily available. A wedding need not be Hawaiian themed to utilize these flowers as decorations. The weather doesn’t have to be hot for tropical flowers to be in abundance. However expect to pay a bit more during the spring winter and fall. Next time you are in need of flowers, why not give tropical flowers a chance