India: Flower prices surge ahead of Varamahalakshmi

As the Varamahalakshmi and Onam festivals approach, the prices of flowers in Bengaluru have surged. Flower markets in the city, including K.R. Market, witnessed a bustling crowd of customers eager to purchase flowers for the upcoming festivities.

Despite a rainfall deficit in the state, flower arrivals in the markets remained unaffected, according to traders. GP Muniyappa, a flower trader at K.R. Market, mentioned that flower supply was adequate, and prices typically increase a few days before the festival but are expected to decrease after Thursday as demand subsides.

  • Jasmine prices ranged from Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 per kg and approximately ₹100 per measure.
  • Kanakambara was sold at prices between Rs 1,600 and Rs 2,500 per kg, depending on quality, and around Rs 300 per measure.
  • Loose flowers like button roses and sevanthige (chrysanthemum) were priced at Rs 200 to Rs 250 per kg.

Madhuri Raj, a resident of J.P. Nagar, mentioned making arrangements with retail flower vendors to secure the needed flowers from wholesale markets at slightly reduced prices for the festival.


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