Flower growers are urging us to shower mum with Australian-grown flowers this Mother’s Day.
Demand for cut flowers and floral arrangements has all but dried up with COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting major events like weddings, birthday parties, corporate stopped overnight. The restrictions on funerals has also impacted florists.
With Mother’s Day this Sunday, many florists are looking forward to a much-needed spike in demand.
Victoria accounts for almost 60 per cent of Australia’s national flower production with the states farming body, the Victorian Farmers’ Federation (VFF) calling on consumers to support the regional economy this Sunday.
“This is a great opportunity to support our local floristry industry and our farming economy,” NFF Vice President Emma Germano said.
“Victorians would be shocked to learn that 40 per cent of the flowers we usually buy are imported from as far away as Ecuador, Kenya , Singapore or Columbia.
“Of course, COVID-19 has changed all that and local florists are now stocked with local flowers.”
Local florists such as @villa_floretti_flowers in Victoria are using more Australian natives due to travel restrictions.
Further north in Maitland, NSW 40 kilometres out of Newcastle, local florist Simone Collins said this year was unlike any other she had experienced.
Due to travel restrictions, roses and orchids are in short supply, but there are plenty of alternatives.
“We have tulips from local growers, chrysanthemums of course,” Simone said.
“I think in general we need to look at Australian natives … they’re doing really well. It’s a great opportunity to showcase our local flowers.
“They seemed to have bounced back strongly after the bushfires which is good.”
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