With Mother’s Day coming up Sunday, a flower shortage presents a challenge as florists nationwide are having a tough time keeping up with demand. The widespread flower shortage started last year.
A number of other factors have contributed to the apparent shortage, including trucking issues, protests in Columbia, inclement weather, and coronavirus-related problems in growing areas, like in South America, where much of the floral supply is grown.
Larry Gramith, the owner of the Chicago Flower Exchange, told that flowers are available, but consumers should be ready to pay as much as 25% more than last year. For example, he said a bouquet of roses that cost $35 last year might run for $45 to $50 now.
Also in Maitland, Australia, florists are expecting great shortages. Pip Passfield, owner of the Church Street florist has been run off her feet with the stacks of orders coming through. "With COVID there are no flower imports, and they would normally supply about 80 percent of the flower market Australia-wide," she said.
"We were reduced to what is grown locally but there's not enough to go around. We have had to substitute and we have asked people to be kind to us in the meantime. "We are anticipating on selling out by the end of Friday but will also be open Saturday, although sales will be limited to florists choice. We have had more preorders than we have had in any other year."