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Global flower shortage forces local flower shops to get creative on Mother's Day

A global flower shortage forced local flower shops to get creative on Mother's Day.

AUSTIN, Texas — While Mother's Day is typically a bustling day for flower shops, a global flower shortage is making it a challenge for shops to fill their vases, even here in Central Texas.

Coby Neal owns The Flower Studio on Burnet Road. He said numerous events happened this year that impacted the flower industry. 

The pandemic caused an increase in the demand for flowers, whether people were buying them to brighten up their home spaces or even for funerals, Neal said. As demand sped up, supply slowed down because of closures at farms and wholesale warehouses here in the U.S. and internationally, where Neal gets a lot of his supply.

On top of the pandemic, severe weather – including the hurricanes in Honduras – damaged large flower farms last year.

"All of these little situations have a direct effect on how much flowers actually cost and kind of push the prices up," Neal said.

In preparation for Mother's Day, Neal ordered his flowers six to eight weeks in advance to ensure he had enough to support his customers' needs. 

However, with many popular flowers in tight demand, The Flower Studio had to step up. 

"The designers have had to get more creative in using the product that we have access to, so it's a bit more challenging for them," said Giovanni Proferra, the studio director. 

Neal believes this shortage could stick around for another couple of years. He suggested anyone interested in ordering flowers do so at least two weeks in advance to make sure they can get exactly what they want.

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