Roses Still the Top Valentine's Day Choice, Davie Flower Shop Owner Says

Miami is the first port of entry for flowers coming into the U.S.

By Donna Rapado
|  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 12:15 AM EDT
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Toses are still the most popular choice on the big day, says Donn Flipse, the owner of Field of Flowers. But people are increasingly getting more educated with their floral choices, he pointed out.

Toses are still the most popular choice on the big day, says Donn Flipse, the owner of Field of Flowers. But people are increasingly getting more educated with their floral choices, he pointed out.

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Chocolates and dinner may be very popular for Valentine's Day. But nothing puts a smile on your face quite like when someone sends you flowers.

Flower shops everywhere are in overdrive as they prepare bouquets and floral arrangements for delivery on Thursday.

Donn Flipse, owner of Fields of Flowers in Davie, says roses are still the most popular choice on Valentine's. But Flipse pointed out people are increasingly getting more educated with the choices they make to show someone they care.

"And a little more adventurous, and going for things like sunflowers which are always so happy and cheerful anytime of year,” he said.

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Flipse said plants are big now in particular because they can last for years.

Most of the flowers that make it to you on Valentine's Day come in to the United States from other countries – with Miami the first port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection processed nearly 717 million stems in Miami last year, more than 85 percent of the country's imported flowers. Most shipments come from South America, the bulk out of Colombia.

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