Cost of Valentine’s Day rising

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s the most romantic day of the year but instead of your valentine sending you roses, don’t be surpised if they’re tulips instead.

Tulips are becoming more popular than roses as a floral gift on Valentine’s Day. Part of the reason why is that they are in peak season around this time of year.

The Commerce Department says tulip sales grew by more than a million bulbs between 2012 and 2013.

Buying cheaper tulips also helps keep spending under control which will come in handy this Valentine’s Day since the average spending this year has gone up.

The National Retail Federation is predicting that sweethearts will spend just under $143 on each other this year. More than half will buy their valentine candy. Thirty-eight percent will buy flowers, and 21 percent will invest in jewelry. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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