During these days, the amount of flowers converged at flower markets including Ho Thi Ky, Go Vap, and Thu Duc, has risen by 10-15 percent compared to normal days with prices edging up by 5-10 percent.
Flower traders said that main flowers to serve for Tet holidays will be lily, chrysanthemum, rose, carnation, lisianthus, statice, hydrangea, sunflower, and narcissus which are cultivated in Da Lat and Sa Dec cities. Flower prices also climbed by VND10,000-15,000. Especially, as lunar New Year holidays fall near Valentine’s Day this year, red roses fetch around VND10,000-15,000 per stem whereas the prices of roses of other colors increase insignificantly.
Tet flower market is pretty plentiful this year with several exotic flower varieties such as: peony, white lilac, Colombian hydrangea, Sweetness rose, purple calla lily, wax flower, tulip, and gladiolus fetch from VND130,000-300,000 per bouquet.
A flower shop’s owner in Ben Thanh Market said that customers in Ho Chi Minh City are in favor of foreign and new flowers. During normal days, these flowers are sold well for wedding ceremonies or big events. On the occasion of lunar New Year, the number of orders for these flowers also increases rapidly.
According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Lam Dong Province, more than 50 new flower varieties from Da Lat City will come onto the market this year. These flowers are cultivated and harvested under Israeli and European advanced technologies. At present, only potted flowers are sold at flower market but after February 1, fresh flowers will be sold heavily.
Traders said that because of good weather in southern provinces, this year is a bumper year of flowers. Flowers are of higher quality and able to keep longer. In addition, the area of flowers increased significantly. According to Mr. Duong Ngoc Duc, head of Economic Department of Da Lat City, the area of lily flowers is estimated to be 60 percent higher over the previous year with 26 million lily bulbs being grown in an area of 102 hectares which equal to 33 million stems of lilies, up 30 percent over the previous year.
Demand for Tet flowers has started to increase, giving hopes for both flower traders and growers.