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.
Composting Cut Flowers
Depending on how long you wait to compost them, your cut flowers could be a nitrogen-rich “green” or a carbon-rich “brown” material. If they are beginning to wilt, add them to your GEOBIN® Composter for nitrogen. However, if they have dried out, they’re considered 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.