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The Flower Test: Valentine's Day flower deliveries put to the test

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It’s down to the wire for you romantics out there trying to figure out what kind of flowers to get for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart. (KCTV5) It’s down to the wire for you romantics out there trying to figure out what kind of flowers to get for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart. (KCTV5)
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It’s down to the wire for you romantics out there trying to figure out what kind of flowers to get for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart. 

This year, consumers are expected to spend nearly $20 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers. Doing your homework before you spend big time could pay off. 

KCTV5 News put flower delivery services to the test to find out where you might get the best band for your buck. 

We ordered from FTD, Kamp’s Flowers (local, Brookside), Bouqs and Price Chopper. We ordered for delivery four days after ordering. 

The parameters for each order were roses and tried to stay around $50. We only used standard delivery. 

We found delivery fees are the real bank-breaker with most online flower orders. Free delivery promotions also can save you big time. 

All businesses delivered the bouquets on time, during businesses hours on the fourth day. 

A dozen red roses with vase and delivery from Kamp’s florist was $65.09. Kamp’s flowers were the only order that wasn’t delivered in a box. The delivery charge was $9.99. 

A dozen red roses with vase and delivery from FTD was $52.98. FTD advertised free delivery, but a big part of that bill was the $17.99 "service fee."

Price Chopper flowers arrived about 3 p.m. We ordered a dozen pink roses from Price Chopper in order to stay as close as possible to our price range. A dozen red roses with vase was going to be too much over budget. 

The total cost for delivery from Price Chopper was $86.37. That total includes a $19.99 “shipping fee” and an additional $6.40 “service charge.”  

We ordered a dozen pink “tea roses” from the online store Bouqs. The miniature pink roses choice was another example of finding an alternative to a dozen red roses due to availability and cost.

Bouqs ended up being the cheapest of all orders, coming in at a total of $42.50. That included actual free shipping and a first-time order 15 percent discount but no vase included. 

Every order came in looking fresh, bright and as expected based on website photos. We followed instructions to trim stems and place flowers in water, with provided flower food.  

After one day, most flowers were still in good shape, minus a droopy red rose from FTD.  

Five days later, with fresh water and stem trimming included on the third day, most bouquets were still kickin’.

All showed signs of wearing out, browning edges on some petals, and another rose or two in the FTD bouquet were drooping.

The Kamp’s bouquet, baby’s breath included, kept its perky shape and color through day five. After the water change, the pink Price Chopper roses and the pink Bouqs tea roses perked up and maintained bright color and blooms.  

Something to watch out for is the flower delivery business’ “substitution policy.”

The business may reserve the right to swap out your specific flowers for “similar” flowers if the company is out of stock. When ordering, ask about their substitution policy and what types of flowers may be substituted.  

Also, be persistent in looking for free shipping deals online.

As the holiday gets closer, it will be more difficult to track down deals, but most sites are offering discounts for certain types of flowers and bouquets. Be prepared, though, to compromise which type of bouquet you order as the holiday nears.

Even more than a week out, some online florists were not able to deliver some flowers with four days notice, for a delivery a week before Valentine’s Day. 

Consumer Reports offers advice on finding the best deals online. Click here to read more.

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