We tested roses from three UK supermarkets, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco, judging them on their looks, shelf life and price – and here’s which came out on top
Image: Flowers from Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco)
Whether it’s a birthday, Mother’s Day or just because, flowers are the perfect way to put a smile on someone’s face.
The advantage of buying flowers from the Supermarket above a florist are bargain prices but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality.
So we decided to put Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco to the test to help you decide where to spend your money – and it came close.
My flower of choice for the task were roses knowing that most major supermarkets sell them all year round.
I compared them based on several criteria – how much they cost, the quality, freshness and how the flowers would perform in seven days. I then spent the week monitoring their progress so I could rank them from best to worst and make my final judgement.
To test the flowers fairly, I cut off all the stems, placed them in separate glasses half filled with water and placed them in the same spot. I also put the store-designated plant food in the jar of each bouquet.
Here’s what I thought of each bunch…
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Sainsbury’s was the first shop I visited and as I expected there was a good selection of roses.
After some browsing I settled on a pink ‘plain roses’ bouquet which cost a very reasonable £3.
When I bought these the buds had just opened, the petals were vibrant and not too many leaves came off when I took the plastic off.
And not much has changed in the first few days. The flowers had bloomed, the stems were up and at this point it is safe to say that these looked the most aesthetically pleasing of the three supermarkets.
It was day four of the challenge before I first noticed signs of aging and although they had lost a bit of vibrancy they still looked very good.
By the end of the week, only a few roses had wilted – so the 7-day freshness guarantee was definitely fulfilled.
Tesco was next, and unlike the other stores that sold the classic red, pink and yellow bouquets, it offered a lovely range of multi-colored roses – a mix of white, yellow, pink and deep purple.
And at just £2.29 for the bundle – the cheapest of any competitor – I just couldn’t resist picking them up.
On the first day of testing they looked fine. The buds were a little closed, they were fresh, bright, and only a few leaves fell off, so it was off to a good start.
But after a day it went downhill. There was already discoloration on the edges of the white roses and some of the yellow buds had started to wilt.
But after four days, surprisingly, the majority of the stems were up – with the exception of one of the yellow roses, which had black spots and was beginning to shrink.
By the seventh day pretty much all the flowers had wilted – except one – and the leaves had turned crusty.
These flowers might have a seven-day freshness guarantee, but unfortunately mine didn’t last that long.
Last but not least was Morrisons. After browsing the flower stall I secured the prettiest bouquet and checked out with a bouquet of yellow roses for £3.
Since most of the buds were closed when I first bought them, I had high hopes that they would stand the test of time.
Over the next few days the flowers started blooming and I loved how much they brightened up my kitchen.
But when we got to the fourth day, we hit a bump. One of the heads was withered and another had fallen off completely. Well, if I had moved them around the house I could have blamed myself for the unfortunate decapitation, but that wasn’t the case. So I had no choice but to deduct a point.
Morrison’s roses have a five-day freshness guarantee. But that was definitely exceeded. On the seventh day these still looked surprisingly light – most were still upright and there wasn’t that much wilting at all.
Although Tesco flowers were the cheapest and I fell in love with the colorful bouquets on offer, they lost points for not surviving the week and ending up looking the worst.
Morrison’s came second with their yellow bouquet. But they would definitely have prevailed if that one bud hadn’t let the team down.
And first up is Sainsbury’s. The pink roses were beautiful, reasonably priced and lived up to the 7 day freshness guarantee.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/shopping-deals/i-flowers-tesco-morrisons-sainsburys-26352100 "I've had flowers from Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's - here's what lasted the longest"