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Omaha florists battle the effects of inflation

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska). This year, shopping for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift might cost you more.

John Fox, an Omaha florist, says the past few years have been unpredictable for the flower industry.

“We’ve been dealing with the pandemic and supply and demand issues, and this year we’re dealing with inflation,” Fox said.

As for its costs, the price of one stem is five to seven cents higher than last year. In particular, the price of a rose is high.

“It doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you start multiplying that by that many stems of flowers for an event or wedding, it all adds up,” says Fox.

Even though prices could be higher, its sales have not slowed down.

“Now I am ahead of the orders I made last year, my schedule for the year is filling up. So it doesn’t affect the business, it just affects the cost.”

So if the cost of a dozen roses is out of your budget, Fox says there are other options.

“It can be beautiful tulips, roses, lilies, hydrangeas and a combination of a wide variety of flowers.”

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at one local store, he recommends trying the next one.

“Valentine’s Day is the main floral day of the year for retailers. These are crucial times for your local flower shop and your local designers. So I just urge everyone to support the local population.”

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