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My BloomsyBox Review – Fresh Flowers From Sustainable Farms

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoNov 25, 2020 | 1 comment

My BloomsyBox Review - Fresh Flowers From Sustainable Farms

My BloomsyBox Review

Hand-Tied, Sustainably Sourced Flowers Fresh from the Farm

BloomsyBox is a flower subscription service that ships bouquets made from seasonal flowers “farm fresh to your door.” BloomsyBox works exclusively with Rainforest Alliance certified farms, two organizations that help promote responsible and sustainable growing practices. While the bouquets that arrive in the BloomsyBox subscription are a surprise, you can also make a one-time purchase of the bouquet of your choice for delivery.

Having fresh flowers on display in my home never, ever gets old—the joy they bring into my space is tangible, and having them delivered is such a treat! That said, flower delivery admittedly isn’t the most eco-friendly way of enjoying nature’s beauty, which is why it’s important to me to order from a company that prioritizes sustainability. BloomsyBox’s work with Rainforest Alliance partners and their plastic-free bouquet wrapping are features I value.

COUPON: Use code MSA5 or MSA10 to save $5 off your first order of $30 or more (MSA5) or save 10% off sitewide (MSA10).

by Christen Russo, MSA Reviewer, Fresh Flowers Fanatic
December 17, 2020| 1 comment

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

BloomsyBox Quick Facts

Cost

  • Starts at $39.99 + shipping and tax for one-time deliveries.
  • Coming soon! Starts at $64.99 + shipping and tax for one-time deliveries of double bouquets.
  • Starts at $39.99 per bouquet for monthly deliveries (see Subscription Options below for details).
  • $44.99 per bouquet for weekly deliveries.
  • $49.99 per bouquet for bi-weekly deliveries.

Shipping

  • Ships to the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii; does not ship to PO Boxes or Puerto Rico.
  • Subscription orders ship for free.
  • One-time orders incur shipping costs; it costs $9.99 to ship to Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Shipping days are Tuesday-Friday.

Monthly Subscription Options

If you subscribe to receive weekly or bi-weekly bouquets, there is a fixed subscription price (see above, in the Cost section). Both the weekly and bi-weekly subscription options offer 20-24 stems per bouquet.

If you sign up for monthly deliveries, however, you can choose from the following options:

  • $39.99 per month for Bloomsy Original (16-18 stems)
  • $49.99 per month for Bloomsy Deluxe (20-24 stems)
  • $54.99 per month for Bloomsy Premium (27-32 stems)
  • $44.99 per month for Bloomsy Roses (24 stems)
  • $69.99 per month for the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) Collection (30-32 stems)

While the Original plan is always $39.99 per month, the Deluxe, Premium, and Roses plans offer discounts for longer, prepaid subscriptions.

BloomsyBox flowers are mailed in a cardboard box that can be folded and recycled. The bouquets are wrapped in eco-friendly paper. The only plastic that is used in the packaging is a couple of zip ties with small pieces of foam padding to keep the bouquet from jostling around while in transit.
Note, however, that some of the farms BloomsyBox works with seem to be working through their supply of plastic bouquet wrapping. Using what you have is arguably a more eco-friendly approach than throwing them all away! This style of plastic-wrapped bouquet can be seen in our past BloomsyBox reviews. Please note that these past reviews highlight BloomsyBox‘s former subscription model, which has since been updated.

Signing Up for a Subscription

As you go through the BloomsyBox subscription sign-up process, you’ll see images of past bouquets that have been sent so you can get a sense of size and design. You’ll also see a brief description of each subscription tier, the cost shown clearly, and a reminder of how many stems you can expect in each delivery.

You’ll be taken to a page that lays out all your payment options for month-to-month, 3-month prepay, 6-month prepay, and 12-month prepay. The savings are a little different for each tier, so I have each of the monthly plans shown in the slider above.

From this page, you’ll also be able to select the date of your first delivery. This is such a great feature for those planning ahead for gifting (birthdays or holidays). Depending on when you place your order, you can sometimes select the following day for delivery; when BloomsyBox traffic is higher, you may have to schedule it a week or so out.

 

If you scroll down a little on the same page, you’ll see sample boxes from past months, again, so that you can get a sense of what types of bouquets you might receive when signing up for that tier.

Gift Orders

After making your selections and adding the subscription to your cart you’ll have the chance to type a message of up to 200 characters to a gift recipient.

If you want to send BloomsyBox flowers to multiple gift recipients at different delivery addresses, you’ll have to place separate orders.

My BloomsyBox Review

 

BloomsyBox has recently revamped their welcome booklet to remove outdated information (they used to only send single-variety bouquets but that’s no longer the case) and add more helpful tips on flower care and styling. They also give details of their sustainability efforts, the impacts of which are notable! Things like less water pollution, improved working conditions for farm workers, wildlife habitat preservation and protection, and more.

 

Double Pastel Daydream Bouquet — Available as part of the Premium Subscription, $54.99/month

The bouquet I was sent is one that Premium subscribers may receive, but a smaller version of it is also available for one-time purchase among the Mixed Bouquets section of their online flower shop. It’s the Pastel Daydream Bouquet, which is currently available in the shop in a 24-stem bouquet. The Premium subscription sends larger bouquets, so this one is nearly double that size! BloomsyBox will soon—about 2 weeks from the publication of this review—be launching their double bouquets for one-time purchase in the shop, priced at $64.99 + shipping.

The Pastel Daydream is made up of two shades of gerbera daisies, magenta calla lilies, pale pink roses, and eucalyptus sprigs. There are also some pink berries throughout the bouquet, as well as a new-to-me white flower that I’m unable to identify. BloomsyBox notes that some of their flowers (especially lilies) may arrive in bud form and will fully bloom within 2-3 days. This is so your bouquet remains looking fresh for as long as possible, and while it wasn’t the case for this particular bouquet, they did equip the gerberas with protective netting and supportive tubing on the stems. The bouquet arrived looking very fresh!

 

Here you can see the bouquet with the gerbera netting removed (it’s common to leave the stem supports on gerberas even in the vase, as their blossoms are heavy and can droop easily). Lovely, aren’t they?

 

Your box should also arrive with a packet of flower food to pour into your vase with cold tap water. BloomsyBox recommends removing the lower leaves if there are any and cutting 1 inch off the stems, at an angle. This is par for the course with fresh-cut flowers, and typically I find myself cutting off way more than an inch so that the blooms are hugged close by the vase and don’t splay out. The above images show the stems before they’ve been trimmed, and how they look in a tall vase, uncut.

The double bouquet I was sent was so robust that I decided to split it up into two vases. Here they are side-by-side, though I moved them to different rooms of my house to spread the cheer around. The bouquets are incredibly fragrant, with the eucalyptus being the most standout scent. I personally love the smell of eucalyptus and have occasionally tied a small bunch to my shower head for a bit of natural spa-like aromatherapy, but in this case, I’m enjoying it radiating from my desk. I often place flowers in a vase on our dining room table so we can enjoy them during meals, but I find that the eucalyptus aroma is much better suited to a desk, nightstand, or mantle than a dining room table.

Being a regular bouquet-keeper, I am no stranger to changing the water in my vase, giving the stems a fresh trim, and picking out leaves or full flowers as they begin to dry out or rot. It should be a daily or every-other-day routine, though sometimes you can get away with longer. After about 2 days the roses began to brown on their outer petals, and at first, rather than pulling the whole flower out, I just removed those droopy petals. The other flowers continued looking fresh, although anything that was positioned near a wilting rose started to brown, as is the case with the white flower in the image above. I know that roses are a classic favorite to many, but they’re the flower I get the least excited about, so I took no issue with ultimately plucking them out of the bouquets in the name of longevity for the surrounding stems.

In my previous BloomsyBoxes, if I took the time to perform daily maintenance, the bouquets lasted about a week. From my experience, this is on the short end of average. I’ve had Trader Joe’s bouquets that have lasted up to 2 weeks in a vase with less maintenance, but of course, the life of the bouquet depends on the flower variety and other factors. These BloomsyBox flowers are four days in and since having the roses removed they’ve remained looking fresh. I’m hopeful that they’ll last longer than others I’ve been sent from this box!

My Verdict

There are a couple of things to consider when assessing the value of BloomsyBox. The convenience of having flowers shipped directly to you is notable—it is rare for flower delivery services to cost less than $30 + shipping, and most cost much more. BloomsyBox monthly subscriptions and individual bouquets start at $39.99 per month (with free shipping for subscription orders), which is on the affordable end of the market. For those who feel that cost is unreasonably steep, grocery store flowers are always going to be your best bet.

Then there’s the sustainability consideration. It’s a big deal that BloomsyBox works exclusively with Rainforest Alliance farms, meaning they have strict standards in place to protect the local ecosystems, wildlife habitats, water supply, and soil quality—and they provide safe and ethical working conditions to farm employees. So there is some serious love and honest practices going on behind the scenes to get these flowers to you. Considering all of that, I feel that BloomsyBox offers a fantastic value.

Do I wish that the flowers had lasted longer before beginning to brown? Yes, of course. I wasn’t very phased by having to do daily water changes, fresh stem cuts, and dried blossom removal because I am a flower-lover who recognizes that some bouquets require a little more care than others, but I would’ve liked to have enjoyed this bouquet as intended for longer.

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Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Christen Russo
Christen Russo
Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.
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Diana

The white flowers are called scabiosa!

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