Colombian Roses Lost In Frost

SOPO, Colombia — Felipe Ospina was waiting patiently for his farm’s roses to
bud and bloom so they would be shipped to the United States just in time for
Valentine’s Day. But a crippling frost burned almost 40 percent of his crop this

And he was lucky.

Some of the dozens of greenhouses that dot the savannah surrounding the
Colombian capital, Bogot, lost their entire production to unusually low
temperatures that dipped to 19 degrees, according to the Colombian Association
of Flower Producers.

The association does not have figures yet for how much was lost, but it says
about 30 percent of the 13,837 acres planted with flowers northeast of Bogot
was hit.

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