It has been a challenging time for many industries during the pandemic. Staffing shortages, disruptions in supply chains, shut downs, reduced productivity along with many other issues. And the floral industry has not been immune to these difficulties.
We find ourselves facing an experience unprecedented in modern times. A world wide flower shortage.
Demand for fresh flowers has grown during the pandemic, with people using them as a means to connect with loved ones, from a distance as well as brighten up their quarantine spaces and lift their own spirits during a troubling time. The skyrocketing demand has put new stresses on an already overtaxed system.
What caused the shortage?
There are many factors that brought this all about. Covid 19 caused many farmer to shut down their farms due to lockdowns and lack of staff to plant and harvest. Pulling many crops or simply just letting them rot in the fields. Now we are playing catch up with new crops and that just simply takes time to accomplish.
Extreme world wide weather patterns have also effected field productivity, with droughts, storms, and nasty weather just slowing down production or causing entire crops to be unusable.
Costs have also risen, in part due to extreme demand and in part because of shortages. Causing a perfect storm in the floral word. Not to mention rising costs for shipping, delivery and lack of drivers.
So have patience and flexibility with your florists in the coming months! We are doing our very best to create unique and beautiful florals for you with the freshest product we can get our hands on in the prettiest containers we can.