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Getting to the Roots of a Valentine's Day Gift

By: Kristen Ross
By: Kristen Ross

Looking to give an old Valentine's gift, a different twist?
Then why not consider taking the gift of flowers back to it's roots.

"What's wonderful about that is that you have privy to a plant that's going to provide you roses for generations, and I think that's well worth the investment," said Mike Shoup owner of The Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham.

The investment is commonly under $20, which Shoupe says can typically be less than the cost of the flowers themselves.

Importing flowers from overseas has become a common practice for many floral shops, and according to a new book Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart, a large number of the flowers women will receive this Valentines fall into this category.

However, it's a trend some say can prevent the flower, from a long lasting beauty.

"These roses start to decline as soon as they're cut. Many of these are imported from South America," said Shoup. "It's really tricky sometimes for people that ship these roses to keep them healthy looking."

Giving a rose plant this holiday, however will come to your house looking like a pot full of branches.
But, with a little love and care the flowers will grow to reach their full potential.

"The ability to give a person a plant has a promise of so much in the future," said Shoup. "We have so many more flowers that come onto this plant, then just that one event."


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