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Florists do brisk business thanks to Valentine's Day

Florists did roaring business of an estimated Rs.10 crore in Delhi and neighbouring cities on Tuesday with the demand for flowers, particularly roses and carnations, soaring on Valentine's Day that symbolises affection, love and romance.

It also goes without saying that the day left a deep hole in the pockets of buyers as the price of a single rose was as high as Rs.100 at some places.

“Valentine's Day (February 14) is a golden day for florists,” All-India Cut Flower and Growers' Association president Brij Mohan Khanagwal told PTI.

Flowers worth over Rs.10 crore were sold in a single day on Tuesday in Delhi and cities of Lucknow, Jaipur, Jammu and Patiala, he said.

Sher Singh Saini, a wholesaler at Ghazipur, the biggest wholesale flower market in the national Capital, said sales were nearly two times higher on Tuesday as compared to any other day. In fact, this year sales have been picking up for the past one week, he added.

Ferns ‘n' Petals, with 113 outlets across the country, said sales are almost 10 times more in its outlets today as compared to a normal day. The maximum sales were in Delhi where it has 34 outlets, said an F ‘n' P official, Tarana. Roses, especially red ones, and carnations registered high sales, she added.

Khanagwal said Delhi receives roses mainly from Bangalore and Pune, while carnations are brought from Himachal Pradesh and Dehra Dun in addition to Bangalore and Pune.

Orchids sourced from Thailand and Bangkok are also in great demand, Saini said.

Traders said a single rose is sold for Rs.10 in wholesale while carnation costs between Rs.10 and 15 apiece. The retail prices ranged from Rs.50 to 100 apiece, they said.

Delhi is Asia's largest flower market. India's flower production stands at around 1,000 tonnes per annum and most of the flower trade occur in the Delhi region.

There are a total of about 500 flower sellers in Delhi, said Khanagwal, who owns a flower outlet in Connaught Place. - PTI


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