In 1971, 1.3 billion flowers were sold in the US annually. Of those, 1.2 billion were homegrown. Today, sales are 2.1 billion, with 2 billion of those coming from suppliers such as Colombia and Ecuador. Labor costs and globalization played a part, certainly, but another major development contributed to this shift: the Cold Chain.
You know it when you see it: a lovely rose or gerbera hanging its head in shame, its stem resembling a shepherd’s hook. Bent neck is a problem that has its roots in the postharvest chain, but often doesn’t show up until the bouquet is proudly displayed in the home. Today, let’s look at the causes and treatment of bent neck.
A Connecticut blogger reports the first sighting of spring flowers in his garden – a patch of crocuses bursting through the weathered mulch. He eagerly anticipates the daffodils that will soon follow. If you had lived through this winter in the Northeast, you would be excited to see spring flowers, too. So, what can we expect?
Easter is upon us. If you are a floral professional, you have been gearing your business toward Easter flowers since the dust settled on Valentine’s Day. Your retail space is teeming with Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Hyacinths, Daffodils, Azaleas, Daisies and, of course, Easter Lilies – all in preparation for North America’s 4th-biggest floral holiday of the year.
In the floriculture business, globalization continues and competition is getting even fiercer. Columbia has solid market share in America, and is now reaching out to Japan. Africa is strong in Europe, and now reaches out to America. India and China are coming on strong. With this many resources, you sometimes wonder, “Where do my flowers come from?”