Prices of cut flowers continue to hike

DECEMBER is not only the season for Christmas but also the time for weddings.

La Trinidad cut-flower sellers at the public market disclosed prices of flowers have started shooting up from its regular price with the various nuptials celebrated this month.

Stall owner Riba Badul said on Wednesday, quality white roses are sold at P290 to P350 per bundle (two dozen) while red roses are sold at P280 to P300 per bundle depending on its length.

“The price has gone up, because the demand is high. We were only selling our flower products last week at P120 to P150 per bundle. A P20 peso difference for every length of the flower is added,” she said.

Badul also mentioned that flower prices are expected to shoot up until the New Year celebrations.

However, flower vendors are a bit disappointed with the oversupply of radus and malaysian mums which have affected its price in the market.

Vendors said they were selling these for only P50 to P60 per bundle since last week but are having difficulties disposing.

It was revealed flower supplies are damaged within a week from its delivery and it is considered as a loss to their business.

But vendors remain optimistic hoping that wholesalers and bulk buyers will swarm their stalls to avail of the discounted prices they can offer.

Meanwhile, flower vendor Sol Baquedqued said poinsettias, considered as Christmas flower are still in demand for buyers.

“Tourists who come from Nueva Ecija, La Union and even locals would come here to buy poinsettia,” Baquedqued said.

Baquedqued added prices are dependent on the flower variety.

“Old variety is sold at P60. The new red variety or glitter poinsettia is priced at P200, rose poinsettia is marketed at P200, and sponge poinsettia is sold from P150 to P200,” she said adding their stall is giving reduced prices to her regular clients and wholesale buyers.

The vendor also revealed direct buying from farmers in the barangays of the municipality is becoming a trend not just to buy flowers at bargain prices but also to roam around the tourist spots of La Trinidad.
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