The export of cut flowers reached the same level in the summer months of 2019 as in 2018. Up to and including August, exports are 2% ahead of 2018; that is thanks to the first five months of the year, Agrimatie notes after studying the figures.
In the summer, at the auction for cut flowers, similar prices were achieved as in 2018. Also then, because of the long-lasting good weather, prices were relatively low. The largest cut flower product, spray chrysanthemum, experienced disappointing pricing: on average 18% lower than in 2018 with basically the same quantities sold.
The export of potted plants until the end of August 2019 developed 4% better than in 2018 and is therefore at the highest level ever. On average, in the summer months, the same prices were realized as in 2018. The position of Phalaenopsis, the largest product in terms of turnover, came under pressure in 2019, both in terms of turnover and of pricing and especially in June and July. A cautious recovery occurred in August (price + 6%). A positive outlier was Spathiphilum, the price of which on average over 3 months was over 7% higher.
The leaf plant category, especially ficus varieties, again scored well in the summer of 2019. The end of the bedding plant season was moderate.
The total garden plant turnover was also at a low level: the weather conditions did not invite consumers to spend time in the garden.