Bye-bye bouquets! 6 alternatives to Valentine’s Day flowers
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Bye-bye bouquets! 6 alternatives to Valentine’s Day flowers

What’s that date looming over you next week? That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day! If you’d rather skip the panicked annual dash to the florist, I’ve got a couple of ideas lined up for you.

I live across the road from a flower shop. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, it’s always overrun by swarms of men, their faces stricken with exhaustion. But what if I told you that this desperate annual hunt for flowers was unnecessary? Instead, why not buy a Valentine’s Day plant that’ll still be in full bloom come 14 February 2025 and beyond? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Japanese roses

Camellia japonica or Japanese camellia is a rose that won’t droop after just a couple of days. Found in the high mountains of China, Japan and Vietnam, they bloom between January and April (before conventional roses). This makes them the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. What’s more, they won’t cost you any more than cut flowers. And if your loved one fancies a traditional bouquet next year after all, you can simply pick the flowers from your own garden.

Plant in a Box Camellia japonica Dr King - Japanese rose (60 cm)
44.07 CHF

Plant in a Box Camellia japonica Dr King - Japanese rose

60 cm

Plant in a Box Camellia japonica Dr King - Japanese rose (60 cm)
Plants
44.07 CHF

Plant in a Box Camellia japonica Dr King - Japanese rose

60 cm

2. Tropical plant with heart-shaped leaves

Anthurium clarinervium is the ideal Valentine’s Day plant. True to the shape of its leaves, the German name of the plant translates to «heart leaf». Originating in Mexico, the plant’s only downside is that it grows best in high humidity and warmth. As a result, you’ll need to create similar conditions for the plant inside your home, for instance, by regularly spraying it with water. If that sounds like too much hard work for you, remember this: love is a plant that needs nurturing.

Mary and Plants Love Leaf (50 cm)
129.28 CHF

Mary and Plants Love Leaf

50 cm

Mary and Plants Love Leaf (50 cm)
Plants
129.28 CHF

Mary and Plants Love Leaf

50 cm

3. Alocasia

One of the most unusual houseplants with heart-shaped leaves is the Alocasia. With its stripy, zebra-like stems and «elephant ear» leaves, you’ll be able to take your significant other on a Valentine’s Day safari. But be careful, Alocasia’s also high maintenance. It needs plenty of moisture (preferably sprayed rainwater) and warmth.

Mary and Plants Elephant Ear (55 cm)
89.26 CHF

Mary and Plants Elephant Ear

55 cm

Mary and Plants Elephant Ear (55 cm)
Plants
89.26 CHF

Mary and Plants Elephant Ear

55 cm

4. Another heart-shaped variety

If caring for Anthurium clarinervium or Alocasia would be too much effort for you, there’s a low-maintenance, heart-shaped alternative: Ceropegia woodii. As it’s a succulent, you hardly need to water it. Its long, dangly shoots are covered in little, heart-shaped leaves. Occasionally, they sprout lantern-shaped flowers. The perfect backdrop for a candlelit dinner.

Plant in a Box Ceropegia linearis Woodii - sinker chain heart leaf (30 cm)
42.01 CHF

Plant in a Box Ceropegia linearis Woodii - sinker chain heart leaf

30 cm

Plant in a Box Ceropegia linearis Woodii - sinker chain heart leaf (30 cm)
Plants
42.01 CHF

Plant in a Box Ceropegia linearis Woodii - sinker chain heart leaf

30 cm

5. Lego flowers

Instead of barging around a flower shop in a panic, you could build these 12 indestructible Lego roses in a state of meditative serenity. Maybe you and your Valentine’s date could do it together. Need ever-lasting flowers for next Valentine’s Day too? Lego also does traditional and wildflower brick bouquets.

LEGO Bouquet of roses (10328, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical)
LEGO
51.70 CHF

LEGO Bouquet of roses

10328, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical

LEGO Bouquet (10280, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical)
LEGO
48.90 CHF

LEGO Bouquet

10280, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical

LEGO Wildflower Bouquet (10313, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical)
LEGO
46.90 CHF

LEGO Wildflower Bouquet

10313, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical

LEGO Bouquet of roses (10328, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical)
51.70 CHF

LEGO Bouquet of roses

10328, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical

LEGO Bouquet (10280, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical)
48.90 CHF

LEGO Bouquet

10280, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical

LEGO Wildflower Bouquet (10313, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical)
46.90 CHF

LEGO Wildflower Bouquet

10313, LEGO Icons, LEGO Botanical

6. Preserved roses

If you’re after something slightly more elegant, stabilised roses might be for you. Using a preservation process, the flowers remain intact for up to two years. However, if that’s not long enough for you, you could also go for gold roses. These are real flowers, coated with layers of preservative metal and delicate gold. According to the manufacturer, they last as long as true love: forever.

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose) (Infinity Flowers)
Flower bouquet
29.– CHF

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose)

Infinity Flowers

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose) (Infinity Flowers)
Flower bouquet
29.– CHF

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose)

Infinity Flowers

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose) (Infinity Flowers)
29.– CHF

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose)

Infinity Flowers

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose) (Infinity Flowers)
29.– CHF

Migros Ostschweiz Premium stem rose (stabilised rose)

Infinity Flowers

As for me, I’m curious to see how this year’s onslaught on the flower shop across the road will pan out. Here’s hoping it won’t end with wreaths.

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