US: Consumers expected to pay more for mom's flowers this Mother's Day

The International Floral Trade Center in Carlsbad was buzzing with activity on Thursday. The wholesale flower market is gearing up for Mother’s Day and some of their customers, mainly florists, were stocking up for the big day.

Flower sales for Mother’s Day are expected to be higher than ever this year. According to the National Retail Federation, people in the U.S. will spend $3.2 billion on flowers alone.


Arturo Mendoza, better known as Pepe, is the owner of Pepe’s Flowers in Oceanside. He says he sells ten times more flowers in the Mother's Day season than at other times.

"Mother’s Day is very busy, crazy, so right now we’re getting ahead, getting flowers for Mother’s Day and getting ready for Mexican Mother’s Day and American Mother’s Day," he said.

"We’ve already started seeing the traffic in here where it’s just crazy, where you go home at the end of the day and your head’s spinning," said Renee Williams, a sales representative for Mellano & Company.


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