Baguio flowers shoot up a week before Undas, still far from peak
BAGUIO CITY — The prices of flowers being sold here have doubled one week before the observance of All Saints’ Day.
“Manang Azon”, a flower stall owner at Harrison Road, said the increase in prices of flowers was triggered by the seasonal surge in demand brought about by the upcoming observance of “Undas”, when millions of Filipinos visit the tomb of their departed loved ones.
As of Wednesday morning, long stemmed and big petal roses are sold at P250 a dozen from only P100 a week ago.
Chrysanthemum is sold from P250 to P300 a dozen from P150 to P180 last week.
Malaysian mums are averaging P150 to P180 a dozen from P100 to P150 a week ago.
Alstroemerias are now P60 a dozen from P40; Aster, P50 from P40; Carnation still at P350 a dozen; White Anthurium now P350 a dozen from P300; Red Anthurium, P200 a dozen from P180; and Gerbera flowers, now at P350 a dozen.
The prices in Baguio, Manang Azon said, are expected to further increase with the peak of demand seen by October 29 and 30, when many of the out of town buyers would be flocking to the city. “Every day, the prices increase and it would be at its highest by October 29 and 30,” she said in the vernacular.
The prices, however, will drop to normal levels by the late afternoon and evening of October 31, just to allow all supplies to be bought.
Andy Colti, president of the La Trinidad Cit-flower Growers’ Association in Benguet, where almost all the flowers brought to the city come from, assured there was enough supply of flowers for the All Saints’ Day.
“We did not have rains that destroyed our plants so we will be expecting enough if not more than the required quantity,” he said in a telephone interview.
He added that many flower growers had started harvesting to take advantage of the good prices of their produce.
Colti, however, said that the prices of flowers at the La Trinidad “bagsakan” area were much lower than those sold in Baguio, but were sold in bulk as most of those who visit the area were also traders who bring flowers out of town.
He noted that the key factors in setting prices of flowers include the quantity, size of petals and stem, color and the quality. (PNA)