Colombia's Valentine's Day rose boom

Rose farms in Colombia's high-reaching savannas were all action weeks before Valentine's Day.

Farmers wound through long rows of rose bushes, clipping deep red flowers and adding them to a large stack of roses swaddled in their arms like babies.

Men pushed carts brimming with boxes of red, pink, yellow and white blossoms out of giant greenhouses and into the hands of production teams.

Workers picked through the roses at a rapid pace, trimming, plucking, sorting and bundling each flower into luscious bouquets that in 48 hours would land in supermarkets across the United States.

For flower producers in the South American country, the holiday is less a day of love, and more a three-week sprint to the finish.

Read more at Al Jazeera (Megan Janetsky)


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