Flower market back on track in southern Queensland

A Southern Queensland flower grower says the flower market has stabilised after a turbulent start to the year — but the implications of tightening coronavirus restrictions in Victoria are still unclear.

Lockyer Cut Flowers owner Stephen Spierling produces cut flowers, including roses, ranunculus, and poppies in the Lockyer Valley.

He said the industry saw a huge oversupply of flowers from domestic and overseas markets at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, followed by skyrocketing demand as imports stopped.

Australian growers were forced to destroy tens of thousands of flowers in March.

"We basically went from a situation of huge oversupply to a shortage within two weeks," he said.

Read more at ABC (Lucy Robinson)


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