Frozen Roses

Posted by on February 21, 2007 in Cut Flowers | 5 comments


This video has been making the rounds among people in the floral industry.  A florist in Pennsylvania ordered a box of flowers  online for Valentine’s Day, and it was shipped via a carrier like FedEx and frozen solid by the time it arrived during the winter freeze on the East Coast.  You can read more about the experiment here.  Of course, the point that florists make is that they would never hand-deliver flowers that were frozen solid or wilted in the heat. 

Now,  I buy flowers online from time to time and they’ve always arrived fresh and gorgeous.  But as many customers found out this Valentine’s Day, delivery trucks are often packed the night before, and when it’s seven below zero outside, you might just get popsicle roses on your doorstep the next morning.

Just goes to show you that floriculture is still a risky business.  And that YouTube is all-powerful.

5 Comments

  1. Wow, I’ve ordered roses on line before, but always from a company that I know will hand-deliver. But if the bouquet ever got left on the porch in a freeze — yow.
    I never knew anyone FedEx-ed or UPS-ed flowers.

  2. Loved the video, especially the part where she knocked the roseheads against the table. Hilarious!
    But what I really want to know is: how long did the roses last?
    If she put them straight into the freezer, probably a looooooong time. Too bad you can’t see them when they’re in there. 😉

  3. @Reading Dirt,
    ProFlowers, Organic Bouquet, 1-800Flowers and FTD.Com all drop ship flowers to be dleivered via FedEx/UPS/DHL/etc. The first two are drop-ship only, but the last two list which items are drop-ship and which ones are florist delivered.
    @Yolanda,
    We vased the flowers and took pictures the next morning. That’s the shot at the top of the blog post. We could have stuck them out in the yard–they would have stayed frozen, and we could still see them from the window!

  4. It seems that there is a renewed interest in the video again this year, and of course right before Valentine’s Day.
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