Don't be this boring person that buys roses for every single Valentine's day. They are a cultural phenomenon and are expected in every romantic situation. They are super cliché... but you can break the cliché and be different! Show your originality to your partner by buying her/him beautiful Begonias! If your spouse is a plant fanatic, it's even better. There's no doubt that he/she will see it as a thoughtful gift.
Statistics show that 84% of consumers are buying flowers for Valentine's day, of which 69% are red roses. 63% of customers buy roses for their spouse in particular. Women who receive red roses complain about longevity. Tamara Kullback, a spokeswoman for survey organization Caption Fragrance Co., stated that "as a symbol of love, it would be nice if they lasted longer!" Begonias are the best alternative because they look like roses but they last much longer.
Roses' prices are highly inflated during Valentine's day. Prices can go from $15 at the grocery store to upwards of $100 from florists. You can simply avoid that by buying Begonias. The price of Begonias doesn't go over $40. Knowing that this plant's lifespan is about 2 to 3 years, compared to one week for the Rose, makes it a more meaningful and durable gift for your loved ones. Moreover, it is a low-maintenance annual plant that can have different colors (yellow, orange, red, pink, white), shapes, and sizes (6 inches to 3 feet) to fit any space you wish.
Roses are mainly imported from Colombia and Ecuador. 450 million flowers are exported every year for Valentine's day from Colombia and a Colombian flower farmer makes 12% of his income on February 14th. Money-wise, Valentine's day is a day of great harvest for the farmers, but there is a dark side to it that is invisible to the western civilizations. According to a Report from the International Labor Rights Forum, flower farmers are overexploited. They work up to 80 hours per week, during high seasons. Each hour, they are asked to produce 250-300 stems. Consequently, their health is highly impacted. More than 65% of flower workers suffer from nausea, severe headaches, miscarriages, respiratory issues, rashes, asthma, impaired vision, neurological problems, and conjunctivitis. The Media don't talk about the overexploitation of workers - women, men, children - and the health problems related to it. Valentine's day did become very commercial and if everybody knew the negative side of it, a whole industry would shrink. You can make an ethical and green choice by choosing to buy a Begonia Rieger instead of a Rose.
Wishing you a happy Valentine's day full of Begonias! Xoxo.
Author: Mara Vukovic
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