Flower sales bloom even in challenging times

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  • Sunday, 12 Jan 2020

Pro at work: Ng attending to the orange trees he has lined up for his customers.

JOHOR BARU: The slower than usual economy has not stopped local businesses from “blooming” as the sale of flowers and trees are picking up with Chinese New Year around the corner.

Florists around Johor Baru are seeing a rise in their stock and types of fresh flowers, some even bringing in orange trees to cater to the demand during the festive season.

Florist Ng Meng Hak, 72, who owns a nursery in Jalan Melodies, said he started increasing his orders for flowers about two weeks ago.

“I normally sell flowers on a small scale and cater to frequent customers who have been coming here for years.

“However, this changes during Chinese New Year as I would receive at least triple the number of customers, ” he said.

Ng said among the favourites this Chinese New Year were the celosia and the chrysanthemum, which come in various colours and sizes.

“Winter cherry and orange trees are among the plants that are only available around Chinese New Year as not many suppliers would have them on usual days.

“The sale of such trees has been encouraging although it is slower than in previous years, ” he said.

Flowers, he said, could sell for between RM10 and RM800 depending on the size and shape while orange trees could go for as high as RM1,000.

Ng, who has been in the business for almost 40 years, said customers would usually buy flowers to welcome the festive season at least a week before the New Year.

“Hotel and restaurant owners would also buy flowers in bulk as part of their decoration. The flowers help to bring a more lively and festive spirit to the CNY events, ” he said.

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