US (MO): Greenhouses seeing good business continue into 2021

Local greenhouses had a huge boom in business last year during lockdown orders at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they aren’t expecting to see those numbers to drop this season.

Zakari Decker, a retail associate at Earl May Garden Center, said business already has increased since last year.

“I can already tell you we are outperforming 2020, and it’s going to be just an insane year when all is said and done because we haven’t even hit the peak of our season yet,” Decker said. “We’re still in the beginning of busy season.”

Gardening was all the rage last year when COVID-19 hit because it was one of the few things people could still enjoy safely, outdoors and at their own home. Plant sales went through the roof as people got out to buy their plants and go back home. While most businesses had to shut down during the pandemic, greenhouses thrived.

“Gardening is now a more popular pastime because it keeps people busy, people can grow their own food, people can make their places pretty,” Decker said. “We have seen figures that we’ve never seen before.”

Now that the world is getting back to normal, Decker doesn’t see the interest in gardening slowing down.

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