People planning to send flowers on Valentine’s Day this year will be able to spend less than last year because of improved supply, florists said yesterday.
Chen Ken-wang (陳根旺), chief of the planning division at the Taipei Flowers Auction Co, said flowers were in short supply last year because Valentine’s Day coincided with the first day of the Lunar New Year, when the demand for flowers is also usually high.
Because a similar problem did not occur this year, Chen said the supply of domestically grown roses was expected to reach 80,000 bundles (1 bundle = 20 stems) this year, or about 10 to 20 percent more than last year.
Wholesale prices for a bundle of domestically grown roses are selling for betwen NT$150 and NT$500, depending on quality.
Chen Ching-yu (陳清鈺), president of the Taiwan Florists’ Transworld Delivery Association, said although the retail price for roses had risen by about NT$5 per blossom from before the Lunar New Year holiday to between NT$20 and NT$30, they were still cheaper than last year when the wholesale price for a premium rose blossom was NT$30.
A lily stem with four blossoms is selling for less than NT$200 this year, compared with last year’s NT$240, he said.
The price tags of rose bouquets sold online are also lower at NT$600 to NT$1,500 this year, compared with NT$1,200 to NT$2,500 last year, he said.