Russia: Fewer roses from Kenya and small flowers in bouquets

In Russia, most roses are imported from Ecuador. This country  supplies 60 percent of the Russian market. Russia is fifth in terms of import from Colombia, with the main products from this country being roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and alstroemerias.

While the team was visiting Russia for the FlowerExpo2018, we also took a peek inside the Riga Flower Market.

Compared to last year, there seem to be less roses from Kenya, probably because of the low production due to bad weather. Just like last year, the offer on the market was still not the same as before the financial crisis.  

Where once 100 cm length was the standard, now you will see 60 cm flowers, and even 40 cm. Most roses are offered with a length between 50 and 90 centimeters. There is a minority of 100 and 120 cm, and 150 is hardest to find.

The Russian market traditionally prefers large-budded flowers with a long stem, but in the bouquets we saw a lot of small flowers. We saw that trend last year already and it seems to be continued.

Having a quick look at the prices at the market, one sees that the rose prices range from 30/35 rubles for a 40 cm rose to 80 rubles for a 90 cm rose. However, there are also 90 cm roses which sell for 65 rubles. The 60 cm roses from Ecuador are sold for 80 rubles, and the 100 cm for 150 rubles.


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