Mother’s Day flowers could be hard to find this year due to global pandemic – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s Mother’s Day. And if finding last-minute flowers was on your to-do list, finding the perfect flowers can be a challenge.
Like so many other companies, COVID is having an impact on the flower industry.
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âWith producers and importers, we know the product is tight and it started during COVID. The crops were uprooted and there was no one to plant the crops, âsays world-renowned floral artist Deborah De La Flor.
De La Flor owns De La Flor FLowers and Gardens on Stirling Road in Cooper City.
She says buyers need to be flexible because not all types of flowers are available. Arrangements may also cost more.
The weather has also been a factor in South America, where much of the flowers are grown.
âIt’s cold and rainy in Colombia and Ecuador. Hydrangeas are hard to find. There is a product, but you have to choose what will work for you. ” she says
It helps that her store at Cooper CIty is a short van ride from Miami International Airport, the Flower Gateway of the Americas, where nearly all of the flowers distributed in the country begin their journey.
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âThere are certainly struggles going on in other parts of the country, but we are fortunate to be able to go there and pick up some fresh flowers.
Despite the challenges, De La Flor expects this Mother’s Day to be even busier in flower sales than last year, when the forced separation resulted in more deliveries.
She says the shortages run even deeper when it comes to decorative plants.
Most are grown in North Florida, and growers shut down last year and downsized. We don’t know when
that part can come back.
Another item in short supply is vases imported from Asia.
Through it all, De La Flor and his team adapt to any challenge.
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âWe have the chance to do what we do and we love what we do,â she said.