TIRUPATI: The taxing process of making flower bouquets and baskets appear to be giving way to what are referred to as ‘Pick and Move’ flower pots!
The denizens of Tirupati now witness a shift during the New Year season from the traditional bouquets draped in polythene sheets to the “ready-to-gift” pots coming in a colourful plastic carry bag. Apart from the convenience of carrying and gifting, it provides an extended shelf-life. The gift in this case is not just the flower with a long stem, but the entire plant with the roots firmly entrenched in the pot.
The gifted plant’s life can be extended further, that is beyond three months, if it is re-planted in a larger pot or in the garden. The small gift packs with carnations and gerbera flowers are available in the price range of Rs.300 – Rs.450.
For the first time, “Mokaras” have found their way to Tirupati from Thailand. Mokara is a tropical orchid having a starfish-shaped bloom, which grows widely in the Far East. “The four-foot tall plant is also available in gift-boxes and is priced between Rs.1,300 and Rs.1,500”, says Sai Kumar of Blue Petals, a leading florist in town.
Rather than the regular bouquets and fruit baskets, the ‘pick and move’ pots are sure to cut down cost and hence fetch a better margin, especially in times of recession!