Flowers like marigold, rose, daisy, gladiolus, lily, orchids, carnation, lotus, and gerbera sell like hot cake during festival days.
The hustle and bustle of the flower market around Diwali ensured an appreciable increase in the prices of flowers at the Chowk and Gomti Nagar Mandi.
On the morning of Diwali, the price of roses shot up to Rs600 a kg, but by noon it disappeared from the market. At the same time, marigolds started from ₹150 a kg and crossed ₹200 by evening. A lotus flower was sold for 20 to 50 rupees. Despite such high prices, flowers vanished from all markets, being available only at a few places in the evening.
Not only flowers, the prices of fruits, considered necessary in the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh, also increased.
Last year the business was not good during Diwali; the sale was low, but this year the sales have soared,” said wholesaler Mohd Aleem Rehman.
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