US (TX): Supply shortages impact area florists

Dustin May, owner of The Flower Basket in Floresville, shared that there is a great demand for floral supplies, but supply is not meeting that demand. “People are starting to hoard supplies,” he said. To prevent this, May’s wholesaler is rationing supplies among local florists, “to make sure people get what they need.”

Vases and forms for crosses, hearts, and open wreaths are among the hard-to-come-by items, May shared. For the past month and a half, flexibility has been important. “I’ve had to adapt to different-sized vases,” May confessed. “But I am making it work! I go out of my way to make everything special for the customer.”

Polly Bayer, owner of Floresville Flower Shop, has been experiencing similar supply issues. Bayer has seen vase shortages and reported that floral preservatives are also in short supply. “Other than that, we are doing okay,” Bayer said. “The demand for flowers is still strong.”

In La Vernia, Rye’s Flowers & Gifts owner, Marian Rye, echoed the concerns. “There’s a shortage on almost everything,” Rye exclaimed. Vases, easels, and cages are among the items on backorder for the La Vernia florist.

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