Valentine’s Day brings rise in flower prices

Flower prices in Dangwa to hike up ahead of Valentine’s Day

MANILA, Philippines — Flower prices in Dangwa, Manila are expected to rise with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

As of writing, some shops in Manila’s mainstream market for wholesale and retail flowers have retained this week’s prices. However, vendors and shop owners are anticipating a surge in prices next week due to the high demand and steep supplier prices.

“Kapag ganyan po kasing mag okasyon mahal din talaga puhunan ng mga may bulaklak (suppliers),” Mira, the owner of Julis and Carol flower shop, said in an interview.

Hindi naman pwedeng mahal namin nakukuha tas mura namin ibebenta,” she added.

The estimated price surge of various flowers next week, according to vendors, are:

Paper Roses (bundle of 14): P650 to P700
Baguio Roses (per stem): P50 to P100
China Roses (per stem): P60 to P110
Ecuadorian Roses (per stem): P70 to P120
Carnation (bundle of 10): P200 to P250
Sunflower (per stem): P70 to P150
Gerbera (10 or more): P190 to P350
Tulips (per stem): P190 to P400
Malaysian mums (bundle of 10): P100 to P180
Flower fillers: P40 to P80

Aside from flower prices, various flower shops also charge different rates for their arrangements, ranging from P50 to P200. Meanwhile, the price of an arranged flower bouquet ranges from P500 to P700. However, vendors said that the price of a bouquet is expected to increase to P1000 to P2000 depending on the arrangement.

Cheaper bouquets

Some flower resellers outside Dangwa are taking advantage of the lower flower prices before Valentine’s Day to sell affordable flower bouquets.
Rein, a student from a university in Manila, bought different kinds of flowers before the price hike next week to sell cheaper bouquets.
She sells her bouquets with different flower variations and designs for P489. The bouquets she sells are significantly priced lower than those arranged in Dangwa.

“I thought of selling flowers because Dangwa is just around the corner and I’m fond of flower arranging,” Rein said.

She, however, emphasized that she does not consider herself a competitor to the flower vendors in Dangwa as her target market are those who cannot go to the Manila-based flower market.

“Mostly, I have sold flowers to those from Batangas and Nueva Ecija. Those who clearly don’t have access to Dangwa,” she said.

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