India: Decorative flowers get expensive ahead of Valentine’s Day; prices expected to go up further

Roses grown in and around Bengaluru, in places such as Bagalur, Chickballapur, Doddaballapur, Attibele, and Hoskote, have a reputation for being one of the finest varieties in the country.

The prices of decorative flowers have shot up amid the ongoing wedding season and ahead of Valentine’s Day. With the cold weather interfering with the flowering process, the prices of most decorative flowers, led by roses, have gone up by 40 to 50%, said flower growers and sellers.

The wedding season this year seems to be booming with many organizers willing to splurge on flower decorations and this has contributed to the increase in demand for decorative flowers. “The prices of all flowers have gone up post-Sankranti. Roses, which are usually priced at ₹4 or ₹5 per stem, cost ₹15 to ₹20 apiece now. In the upcoming weeks, we will mostly see a further increase of 10 to 20% in flower prices,” said Srikanth Bollapally, director South India Floriculture Association. 

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