Hot and humid, then record rainfalls all in one week have seen extreme challenges for all floral stakeholders. Firstly the hot humid weather, one of the longest stretch of days over 30 degrees for the month of November has increased flower production by two and three fold. Growers normally plant to harvest even numbers week in week out. Our recent unusual weather conditions has brought in multiple crops all in together. We are seeing huge volumes of oriental and la lilies being offered at discounted prices.
The flip side to the high temperatures excessive rainfall and over production brings demand well below average. The current market place offers a lot of flowers with full colour and blooms more open than usual I turn reflects older product and less vase life.
All things Christmas!!, pointsettiers, x-Mas trees both cut and potted, holly, spruce, pine cones, painted corkwood and x-Mas Lillies are all in high demand and selling well.
Excellent supply of hydrangea is flooding the market as the large plantings of the last 3-5 years are starting to reap their rewards.
Peonies have certainly been pushed along with the recent hot humid conditions. Local production is almost over. Tassie and New Zealand peonies will linger on for an other 2-3 weeks, although their volumes will decrease and prices will spike, especially in the premium size and varieties ROSES With peonies & tulips in low supply roses will have a resurgence leading into Christmas. Local roses are nearing their first flush as growers prepare their bushes for the Christmas harvest. There's limited range of varieties and head sizes are getting smaller. (All due once again to the recent relentless hot weather) Imported roses have once again become flavour of the month. In very strong demand due to their wide selection of varieties, consistency and good volumes.
Today was also last day of the year to visit all your Nusery suppliers at the monthly Caribbean plant trade day.
Till next week.. keep flowerin' !
Paul Pavlou and the team at Mr Fresh