Columbia & Ecuador, two major exporters that supply North America with beautiful blooms have been severely affected by floods again this year. However unlike last year when the flooding started after most of the crops for Mothers Day flowers were harvested, this year the flooding started one month earlier and has created serious flower shortages which are already showing up at floral wholesalers.
Above is an example of the flooding going on right now in Colombia. This year the floods began in mid March, at least a month earlier than the usual rainy season. The floods are expected to last until the end of June. La Nina is being blamed for the increased rainfall. The flood waters just north of Bogota are reported to be as deep as 13 feet. The number of people left homeless has reached over 60,000 with a loss of life reported to be over 25.
This picture of Ecuador clearly shows the extensive flooding that they are currently experiencing. Estimated loss of cropland is said to be at least 34,000 hectares with more to follow whilst the rainy season continues. The number of homeless in Ecuador is over 84,000 with a loss of life in the 30’s. The accompanying landslides have affected the crop marketing mainly due to the damages to the transportation system.
What does this mean for those who want to send flowers to their Moms for Mothers Day? It means don’t delay! Contact your local florist asap to get your order in to ensure your Mom will receive her floral gift. Florists around North America are already talking about major flower shortages from their wholesalers. Florists are highly concerned & are scrambling to secure enough product to satisfy their customers demands for Mothers Day, the busiest floral occasion of the year. Of course it also means that the cost of flowers will increase due to the limited number of blooms available, transportation issues and increased prices at the wholesalers.
View our report on last years flooding in Colombia: http://funflowerfacts.com/2011/04/27/el-nino-wreaks-havoc-on-flower-farms/