Tips for Ordering Flowers Online

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Ordering Flowers Online is Easy

The Internet and online ordering has been a boon to the floral industry. No longer do you have to walk into a florist’s shop to purchase flowers for someone living locally. No longer do you have to go to a florist’s shop to look at photographs of floral arrangements if you want to have flowers wired to someone living in another city, state, or country. All you have to do is go to your computer and visit one of the many Web sites accepting online floral orders. My favorite online florist is ProFlowers®. Another company from which I have ordered is 1800Flowers.

Flowers are a gift appreciated by most women, and even some men. When ordering flowers for someone, do you take into consideration the number of flowers you’re giving or the color or the variety? Use the information contained in this Hub before sending flowers to someone.

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Some Cautions

Some online florists will send flowers to recipients in other countries. The color and number of flowers to be sent is an important consideration.

If sending flowers to Austria, don’t send red roses, red carnations, or an even number of flowers. Red roses have a romantic connotation and red carnations are reserved for May Day. An even number of flowers is considered bad luck. For Germany, don’t send red roses, an even number of flowers, or 13 flowers.

Chrysanthemums shouldn’t be sent to anyone in Western Europe. They’re only used in cemeteries on All Souls’ Day. White lilies are considered to be a symbol of death in England, Scotland, and Wales, as are dahlias in Spain. Purple flowers are a symbol of death in Brazil.

For some classes of people in Mexico, yellow flowers are a symbol of death. Red flowers cast spells, and white flowers remove spells.

Don’t think about sending flowers to someone in Tanzania or Tonga. Flowers aren’t given as gifts in either county.

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What do flower colors mean?

Every flower color has a meaning. When deciding which flowers to send, don’t forget the importance of choosing the right color of flower.

Blue flowers symbolize calmness and tranquility.

Burgundy flowers have been dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson.

Green flowers are a symbol of optimism.

Lavender flowers signify womanhood in her prime

Orange flowers indicate confidence, energy, and fun. Colors can be ginger, vermillion, coral, or apricot.

Peach flowers indicate friendship.

Pink flowers are a symbol of grace, elegance, caring, and happiness. They should be sent as an expression of admiration — when the feeling is more “like” than “love.”

Purple flowers signify respect and admiration.

Red flowers are a symbol of love, romance, and passion. Dark reds indicate deep and abiding love, and brighter reds indicate passion.

White flowers symbolize innocence and purity.

Yellow flowers indicate cheer, joy, happiness, and friendship.

What is your favorite color flower?

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What is the recipient's birth month flower?

Did you know that every month has a birth month flower associated with it? And that each of these flowers has a special meaning? When sending flowers as a birthday gift, the birth month flower is something to consider.

JanuaryCarnation: pride, beauty, admiration, gratitude, fascination, distinction

FebruaryIris: faith, valor, wisdom, friendship, hope

MarchDaffodil: happiness, joy, rebirth, new beginnings

AprilDaisy: innocence, purity, childlike joy, playfulness

MayLily: virtue, purity of heart, majesty, honor

JuneRose: love, passion, beauty, perfection

JulyDelphinium (Larkspur): open heart, ardent attachment

AugustGladiola: infatuation, strength, moral integrity

SeptemberAster: enduring symbol of elegance, talisman of love

OctoberMarigold: affection, grace

NovemberChrysanthemum: optimism, happiness

DecemberPoinsettia: merriment, good cheer

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Ordering Tips

  • When ordering flowers online, you’re going to need the name, address, and telephone number of the recipient. Florists usually won’t accept online orders if you don’t have the person’s telephone number.
  • Plan ahead when ordering. The shipping / delivery charge is often less money if you place your order several days in advance of the desired delivery date.
  • An extra delivery fee is added to orders when the requested delivery date is a Saturday.
  • Remember to include a card. You don’t want to go to all the trouble of ordering flowers for someone and then forget to let the person know who the sender is…or do you?

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for the warnings about other countries as well as the symbolism of flowers. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

You're quite welcome. Aurelio. Thanks for commenting.

It would be such a shame to send flowers to someone, and then have one's gesture turned around because you sent the wrong number of flowers, or the wrong color.


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I knew about carnations in Western Europe but not about the other caveats-- great information to have. I've had good luck with Pro Flowers over the years-- their cut flowers are usually healthy and well priced and promptly delivered, but I'm glad to know about all the other options. Thanks for all the fabulouw information.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Very interesting and great tips... I never knew about the month flowers. I found that the most fascinating part! Awesome information!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Daisy...

Although it is not too late to send flowers for Valentine's Day...It may be too late to find someone to send them to. (sigh). I will bookmark this one for next year.

Thomas

PS...I like the meaning of the colors...that should help eliminate some awkwardness... Voted Up and Sharing.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I love flowers. Even though I'm allergic to the dumb pollen inside them, they brighten up anything you can think of. I love the information Daisy! Great hub!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I loved the section on the symbolism of flowers! Nice Hub Daisy!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

robie2,

It's nice to meet you. I've used several online flower delivery companies over the years, but I agree with you...ProFlowers is the best.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

mythicalstorm273,

Thanks for reading another one of my articles. When I began the research for this Hub, I was amazed at the kinds of information that was available.

Do you have a favorite flower?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thomas,

You're a very creative and funny guy. Be creative now...have flowers sent to yourself with a young lady's name signed on the card.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alecia,

I'm allergic to flowers, too. Some flowers bother me a lot less than others. I've noticed that some varieties of roses either have very little scent or a more spicy, rather than sweet, scent. Depending upon which variety of rose it is, I can get close to the flowers without sneezing or my eyes tearing.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. I knew about the symbolism of some colors of flowers before writing this article. I learned a lot more while doing my research.


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Daisy, I found your hub absolutely delightful and learned a lot! I did not know that my birth month flower is the Gladiola. You've given me some fantastic tips that I will certainly bear in mind before ordering flowers online.

One more thing that your readers may be interested to know is that it's usually possible to find online coupon codes, especially for 1800Flowers, that will save extra money when ordering online. Just Google "online coupon codes 1800flowers".


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Louise,

Thanks so much for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. Thanks, also, for the tip about the coupon codes for 1800Flowers.

I'm glad you found my flower information helpful.


onlooker 4 years ago

I do enjoy beautiful varieties of flowers but greenery is more my thing. This hub is very useful. If I do ever send flowers, I shall come back to this hub for a reminder =) Thank you, Daisy! Do have a good day.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ava,

Thanks for reading my article. I'm glad you found the information useful. Do you have a favorite flower?


onlooker 4 years ago

Nothing in particular but I do find lilies and magnolias very soothing also calming. Oh I almost forgot, I also like flowers with the shaded of purple and mauve =) How about you Daisy?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ava,

Thanks for asking. Some of the most stunning flowers I grow in my garden are Persian Irises. They can grow as tall as four feet. The flowers are either purple, yellow, or light apricot in color.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a useful hub for reference! I knew certain flowers are assigned to certain birth months and now here it is in one location. Well done!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Christy,

Thanks for reading and comenting in my Hub. I'm glad you found my article to be a useful resource.

Do you have a favorite flower?


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Yes Daisy, my favourite is the Gerber Daisy. It is happy, cheerful and simple :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Christy,

Thanks for visiting again. I know exactly what you mean about the Gerber (or Gerbera) Daisy. I like the brightness of the colors. Some of the colors are unlike those of any other variety of flower I've ever seen.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

My favorite flower is the Orchid, perhaps because they last for so long as compared to other flowers. I like their variety....there are so many kinds and colors!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. Orchids are beautiful. I have a number of orchid silk flower arrangements in my home.


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sen.sush23 3 years ago from Kolkata, India

Daisy, that is a beautiful hub, but you already know that, right? :)

Both the Birth month flowers and the rules about the different countries were rather handy information. Loved your choice of pictures too. Cheers and sharing.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sushmita (sen.sush23),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

I'm glad you liked the photographs. They're all flowers in my front garden.


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sen.sush23 3 years ago from Kolkata, India

Wow! Daisy, that must be great...must pick up a trick or two on gardening also from you. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sushmita (sen.sush23),

Thanks for visiting again. Gardening is very relaxing. I wish I had more time for it.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I need to purchase and send more yellow flowers! I like their meaning the best! :) Thanks for the useful tips and gift ideas.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I like yellow flowers, and the orange color of my Brandy roses.

My birthday is in March. When I was younger, my mother would always buy me yellow daffodils on my birthday. I think of my mother whenever I see daffodils.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Whoa, Daisy, this is why purchasing flowers is such an art. There is a lot to know so that we don't encroach on anything we should not! Thanks for sharing these tips! Wonderful pictures too, as usual!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Daffodils are so pretty. Thoughts of your mom and daffodils are a nice memory. June is the rosé, my least favorite flower. I guess I'll deal with it.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Types of flowers and the color of flowers are important if you don't want to offend someone.

I'm glad you liked the photographs. They were all taken in my front garden. My Persian irises and Mr. Lincoln roses should bloom within the next few weeks.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Rainbows revive memories for you. Yellow daffodils bring back memories for me.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Daisy, your flowers are just beautiful. I grow Roses myself. Your Brandy Rose is a real beauty!

I have always been satisfied ordering flowers from 800-flowers, but I've never tried to send them to another county.

Informative Hub. Voted UP.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

Thanks, too, for appreciating my flowers. I think I'm going to look for more Brandy rosebushes. The color of the flower is so striking.


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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

I never know that types and colors of flowers can have different meaning to people from different countries and cultures. This serves a lot even if we aren't ordering flower online.

Thanks voted up, beautiful.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ken,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. The color of items given as gifts is very important. This is applies to much more than flowers.


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thougtforce 3 years ago from Sweden

Informative hub, beautiful photos and good advices. White is my favourite colour right now! Voted up


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Tina (thoughtforce),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. My favorite flower colors are purple and those in the orange range.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I voted for purple flowers! :)


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joanveronica 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi, Daisy, read the Hub, took the polls! Voted up, ABI also. Voted for yellow. Will share. I liked this post, simple, clear and well written, on a topic I really love: flowers! See you soon.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for visiting again. I have two favorite color flowers...purple and orange. I'm not too crazy about red roses, although my Mr. Lincoln red roses receive a lot of comments from people who see them.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joan (joanveronica),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

I shared my photograph of the Just Joey rose. I uploaded it to Wikimedia Commons a few weeks ago.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Your pink rose is so beautiful. I love the chart on birthday and flowers. I use online sites to order flowers for some of my friends and family and enjoy the ease of shopping and time saving benefit. Great article.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

I have ordered flowers online for special occasions for some of my family members. I like the ease of viewing the floral arrangements and selecting the perfect one for the recipient.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

This is a very useful hub Daisy. Your facts about flowers in other countries and the meanings of colors of flowers are so helpful.

I order flowers online but have to say it is sad to see local florists going out of business because of the online businesses. Another sign of technology pushing out Mom & Pop type stores.

However, either way it is good to know about flowers and this hub is one to keep in mind when ordering, no matter where you're ordering from.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Most of the recipients of my flower gifts do not live locally. I hadn't thought about Mom and Pop flower stores going out of business because I don't use them.

The times I want to buy flowers locally I visit the supermarket in my neighborhood. The store has a large floral department with a florist working in it.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great tips on ordering flowers online, the number of flowers make a big difference. Never knew about this. Voted up, useful and informative.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. There's so much to consider when one is purchasing flowers. I'm glad readers have been finding my Hub to be informative.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Very interesting Hub and filled with beautiful flowers! I have a favorite neighborhood florist I use instead of online purchasing.

Voted UP, etc. and shared..


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I'm glad you liked my flower photos. All the flowers were from my front garden.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

You can send me a bouquet of those precious and beautiful iceberg roses anytime.

I will not be sending flowers to foreigners as it is too complicated.

Voted up for beauty!

So is your name really Flower Butterfly or did you choose it?


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Daisy Mariposa 19 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

poetryman6969,

I'm glad you enjoyed my flower photos. Gardening and photography are two of my hobbies. I planted several more rose bushes this year. I'll try to add photos to this Hub in a few months.


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moonlake 19 months ago from America

I have had to send a lot of flowers lately. I found that most Florists in most towns are online so I order directly from them and call the next day to comfirm they got my order so far it has worked well. Enjoyed your hub and voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 19 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

moonlake,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Ordering directly from a florist in the recipient's city sounds like a great idea!


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ChitrangadaSharan 8 months ago from New Delhi, India

Came back to read your wonderful hub another time and also take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

Sharing this hub on HH !

Thank and have a lovely and enjoyable day!


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Daisy Mariposa 8 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I appreciate your reading my Hub another time and also sharing it.

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