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Valentine's Day again to break records

Valentine's Day is being celebrated in many countries and is an important holiday for the flower industry. For weeks, growers, importers, cargo agencies and auctions have been busy delivering the flowers on time at their destination. Last weekend and on Monday, Florists have been working on their Valentine's bouquets that are currently being sold in their shops.

In the US, billions of flowers flown into the country and most arrived in Miami from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Netherlands. More than 90 percent of imported flowers move through Miami International Airport, reports Miami Herald.

Also Kenya exported many flowers this year and even exported a record number of roses to Australia this Valentine's Day. ABC News reported that figures from the Federal Department of Agriculture show that Australia imported more than 9 million rose stems this month, with the majority sourced from Kenya. Since the start of February, 5.22 million rose stems had been imported from Kenya, up by nearly 850,000 roses in the same period last year. It is understood to be a record for the Kenyan rose trade to Australia.

Also for florists it is one of the busiest days of the year. In New Zealand, for example, Auckland's Tomuri and Co told the Maori Television that Valentineís Day sale, demand saw 4500 pre-made bouquets sold, 1500 more bunches than they had planned for. It's been four months of planning in the lead-up to today and these florists were up until midnight prepping orders.

And next to roses, also other flowers were in well demand. According to florists in Huntington, West Virginia, roses continue to be the most popular Valentine flower, but tulips, orchids, carnations and daisies also make great Valentine's Day gifts as well, as reported in

Also in India, flowers are being sold all over the nation for Valentine's day, however, the best and the most expensive roses go to Gurgaon. Florist Sunil Sharma, told the times of India: "As compared to Delhi, Gurgaon has more flower shops and less street vendors. So, the vendors visiting the Ghazipur mandi prefer buying roses of better quality, and the best stock is kept for Gurgaon.

Publication date: 2/14/2017
Author: Elita Vellekoop



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