The flower growers and traders of Jashore’s Jhikargaccha upazila, one of the largest flower markets of the country, expect to sell flowers worth Tk 700 million in the month of February as flower is a must-have in the celebration Pahela Falgun, Valentines’ Day and the observance of Amar Ekushey, reports UNB.

Flower growers are passing a busy days in nurturing flowers ahead of the three events in the country. They also hope that they will be able to sell flowers worth Tk 1.0 billion ahead of Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day on February 14, International Mother Language Day on February 21, Bangabandhu’s Birth Anniversary on March 17, Independence Day on March 26, Pahela Baishakh on April 14.

Gadkhali and Panisara, areas of Jhikargachha upazila, have taken a colorful look with flowers everywhere where the farmers are nurturing their flowers to catch the markets. Different species of flowers including rose, jarbera, gladiolus, tube-rose, marigold, lilium, gypsy, chandramallika are cultivated in Jashore.

Pervez, a flower grower of Syedpara in the upazila, said he brought five bighas of land under marigold cultivation and two bighas under tube-rose cultivation. “Now I am spending busy time nurturing my flowers as I have to catch the flower markets. I also used vitamins and pesticides in my flower garden to keep these free from pest attacks,” he said.