Are you about to make one of these mistakes when ordering anthuriums?
Ordering anthuriums can be fraught with peril. There are a number of mistakes that you can make, even if you are a seasoned buyer, which can leave you less than satisfied with your purchase. I am going to tell you about some of the most common mistakes and hopefully you will be able to use this knowledge to avoid making them.
Imagine ordering anthuriums for your mom right before her birthday. You are filled with anticipation over how happy she will be about your thoughtful gift. The flowers arrive and you open the box so that you can arrange them into a beautiful bouquet, but your heart drops when you see that they have been frost damaged because you ordered them during the winter and didn’t know you needed to request and insulated box for cold weather shipping.
What is even worse is that even if you could return the flowers, the replacement would never arrive in time for your mom’s birthday; because when you order anthuriums you would have ordered them no earlier than a few days before her birthday to ensure that they were at their freshest.
When it comes to ordering anthuriums, there is simply no margin for error. You need to get it right the first time. So let’s dive into the common mistakes when ordering anthuriums.
Buying During The Winter
Cold weather kills anthuriums. Anthuriums are a tropical plant, they die when exposed to cold weather. If you thought anthurium plants are sensitive to the cold, Anthurium flowers are even more susceptible to it. If at all possible, you should avoid buying Anthuriums during they winter. You should wait until a more temperate time of the year to purchase them.
But I know that many of you are going to ignore this advice. And how can I blame you? I wouldn’t want to tell my significant other, my mom, my daughter or my sister: “I got you a really nice Christmas present, but you are going to have to wait until spring to get it.”
If this is exactly what you are thinking, there are some things you can do to increase the possibility that your anthuriums are not damaged by cold weather, when in transit.
First, make sure you select the fastest possible shipping option. The less time your flowers spend in transit, the less cold exposure they will receive.
Second, make sure that they are sent to you in an insulated box. An insulated box will help to protect your flowers from the cold for a longer period of time than a non-insulated box. Not all retailers offer this option, so you will need to shop around until you find one that does.
Third, if at all possible choose the freight company with the best routing. If one company ships your package to its hub in Alaska before sending it to you, while another company has a hub in Texas, you are better off choosing the company with a hub in Texas, because while your flowers are waiting at the hub for delivery, they will be much warmer if they are in Texas rather than Alaska.
Not Knowing Exactly What You Are Ordering
Say you want to delight your wife, so you order anthuriums and specify that they are to be delivered to her workplace, because you know how much she loves getting flowers at the office. So you order some anthuriums and are filled with anticipation over surprising your wife.
A few days later, your wife comes home from work with a box, instead of a big smile on her face. Suddenly it dawns on you that the anthuriums are in the box. You thought you ordered a beautiful bouquet, but instead your wife received loose anthuriums packed in a box.
Virtually every website you buy anthuriums from will show images of picture perfect bouquets in their online catalogs, but not every site is selling bouquets. Some are and some aren’t. You have to read the descriptions carefully to determine exactly what you are getting.
If you really want to impress your wife by arranging the loose flowers yourself, go ahead and order them. But if you want to surprise her with a bouquet, make sure that is what you are ordering. If the website you are ordering from is unclear in any way, call them up and ask for clarification or shop elsewhere.
These are just two of the common mistakes made when ordering anthuriums. There are at least five other big ones I can recall off the top of my head and probably quite a few more that currently escape me, and I will address them in future posts.