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Tet flower prices picking up

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Tet flower prices picking up

Vu Yen

Orchid is sold on Thanh Thai Street in District 10, HCMC - PHOTO: VU YEN

HCMC – Flowers are flowing en masse into HCMC for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, with prices 10-30% higher than last Tet due to unfavorable weather.

Venues along Pham Van Dong Street in Thu Duc District and Bac Hai, Thanh Thai and Ly Thuong Kiet streets in District 10 are awash with flowers and bonsai trees. Consumers prefer flowers and trees that can stay fresh for a long time such as apricot blossom, peach blossom, laurel and orchids.

Nguyen Van Tam, the owner of a shop on Thanh Thai Street trading in chrysanthemum from Cai Mon District in Tien Giang Province, said chrysanthemum blooms early, so the volume of chrysanthemum for Tet decreases. Chrysanthemum prices increase by 20-30% over last Tet to VND120,000-230,000 a pot depending on the quality of flowers.

The number of chrysanthemum pots decreases to 1,000 from 1,700 pots last Tet. Some 200 additional pots are transported from Cai Mon to HCMC every two or three days, he said.

Tran Thi Hieu, a vendor of Ben Tre apricot blossom on Bac Hai Street, said apricot blossom prices grow 20% to at least VND1 million a tree. She has to pay VND10 million rent for a place to sell apricot blossom from February 7 to 15.

However, some apricot blossom farm owners and traders in Thu Duc District said flower prices are the same as last Tet. Apricot blossom bonsai pots cost VND0.8-1 million each while rents of apricot blossom pots will be 30-40% of the prices of such apricot blossom pots.

The flower market for the upcoming Tet also sees some new flowers such as dried rhododendron and thick-petal persian buttercup that sell for VND140,000 a bunch of 40 branches and VND150,000-200,000 a pot respectively.

HCMC will organize the annual Spring Flower Festival on Nguyen Hue Boulevard and a Tet flower market in the Ban Nguyet Lake from February 8 to 12, a spring flower festival at Tao Dan Park from February 10 to 21 and Tet flower markets at pavements, schools and cultural houses. In addition, 130 Tet flower fairs will be launched at the parks of September 23, Gia Dinh and Le Van Tam, and Binh Dien wholesale market.

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