Show the Earth Some Love this Valentine’s Day by Composting Your Flowers

A Valentine’s Day Tradition

You may not be surprised to learn that roses are the most popular Valentine’s Day flower in the United States. In fact, an estimated 250 million roses are produced for the holiday each year. Some die-hard romantics may preserve their wilting petals and turn them into potpourri, but more likely than not, those week-old flowers are getting tossed in the trash. Eventually, they’ll make their way to local landfills to join the millions of tons of organic waste that does not belong.

Each year, the average American throws away about 1,200 pounds of organic material that could be composted. This Valentine’s Day, show a little love to planet Earth by composting your expiring bouquet—whether it’s made up of roses, carnations, or any other flower. In addition to reducing methane emissions in landfills, your roses will pay it forward by creating a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden. Just remember to remove any inorganic elements, including ribbon, decorative twigs, and plastic components.

Your red roses may be green or brown 

You may be wondering, “Are my cut flowers considered to be greens or browns?” Well, it depends on how long you keep them before deciding to add them to your GEOBIN® compost bin. If they are just wilted, but not dry, they can be added to your compost for nitrogen. If they have dried out, they’re considered to be a “brown” and can be added for carbon.

No matter when you decide to add them to your compost bin, your cut flowers are a welcome component to your healthy and well-balanced compost.

For more composting tips, download our Guide to Backyard Composting.

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