Across the U.S. and the world at large, florists have faced an unprecedented set of interconnected challenges over the last two years. Why? A confluence of everything from discarded crops and poor weather to labor shortages and supply chain snags keeps tripping up the industry. And though vaccinations have set the stage for a projected 2.5 million weddings in 2022, those in the flower trade expect the pain to persist.
“What we are facing now is an abrupt halt in the entire floral world,” Rishi Patel, the CEO and CCO of event producer HMR Designs, told the New York Times. “We’re probably a year out from some sort of stabilization.”
The problems can be traced back to the earliest days of the pandemic. Just as uncertain about their future as the rest of us, growers scrapped much of their 2020 supply, and scaled back their planting ambitions—while also augmenting what they planted—in 2021. Poor growing conditions in South America and droughts in California further decreased crop yields.
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