Visit your local bulb farm to get a discount on spring flowers.
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Flowers are a beautiful and fragrant way to enhance your home or garden. They also make lovely and thoughtful gifts. Unfortunately, flowers can be very expensive, especially if you want to enjoy them year-round. Skip the expensive florist or upscale gardening center and do some smart, creative shopping the next time you purchase some flowers. Cheap flowers are just as beautiful as expensive ones, and your pocketbook will thank you.
How to Find Cheap Flowers
Decide what type of flowers you want. Perhaps you are looking for cheap roses, or maybe spring bulbs. Maybe you want to purchase inexpensive perennials. Deciding on the type of flower or flowers will help you narrow down your options. Note that buying flowers that are in season is much cheaper than buying out-of-season flowers.
Determine the original source of the plants. While cut tulips might be beautifully displayed in your local florist's shop, chances are they did not originate there. Track down the bulb farm, and you will be able to obtain the tulips at a much cheaper price. This is true for any flower: The closer you can get to the source, the less expensive the price is likely to be.
Buy the plants in bulk. When you are finally ready, purchase a large amount of tulips or bulbs (or whatever flower you are looking for). While this might seem like a more expensive investment, flowers sold in bulk are actually cheaper if you divide by the price of each unit. Then, sell the ones you don't want to your friends, or even at a yard sale.
Shop at the end of the day. Many places that sell flowers will offer a discount on flowers that are past their prime or ready to drop blooms. This goes for potted flowering plants as well.