Flower sales increase due to Valentine’s Day

By Brenden Walz

It’s that time of the year, when love is in the air and hearts become almost as numerous as snowflakes.

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, one or more different types of flowers are being plucked from the shelves of local florists and delivered all over the DeKalb area.

Teresa Louis, owner of All Seasons Florist, 852 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb, said the most popular flowers in order of popularity are red roses, pink, white and red carnations, followed by various types of spring flowers, including daffodils, tulips, irises and daisies.

While many people receive flowers, some are lucky enough to receive other gifts as well.

“A big request item is a flower with a balloon,” Sullis said.

Balloons, vases and candy are also popular gifts for students.

But, Wenke Hansen, owner of Glidden Campus Florist, 917 W. Lincoln Hwy. in DeKalb, said most of the students prefer roses.

Sally Sullis, manager of DeKalb Florist & Greenhouse, 2131 E. Lincoln Hwy., said business for Valentine’s Day flowers started to pick up on Saturday.

However, Sullis said most customers tend to wait until Wednesday or Thursday to purchase flowers for their sweetie.

“Most of our orders are phoned in,” Sullis said. “Fridays are the busiest, especially for walk-ins.”

Hansen said most business at her store has been split half and half, between phone customers and walk-in customers. But, Hansen said the most business comes in on Valentine’s Day.

Sullis said many customers were calling in ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute.