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Cebu Flower Prices Set to Rise for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is the single busiest day of the year for the flower business followed up by All Saints Day. Freedom Park Cebu is the where pretty much all the flowers are bought and sold for the entire island. A flower shop owner in Cebu said this when asked what customers are looking for, “Of course red roses are the number one seller followed by pink roses then red carnations”. When asked about why flower prices rise for holidays she said, “it’s basic supply and demand, there is more demand than supply, so prices will adjust accordingly”.
Surprisingly to some, roses are not a common flower grown on Cebu island. Roses require a slightly colder climate to grow properly. For Freedom Park, most roses come through Manila from Baguio by ship or airplane. Some roses will also come from Davao and imported roses will come from China, Africa and Europe.
In 2018 Cebu saw a record number of flowers sold for Valentines Day at Freedom Park. Most flower shops with websites were shut down early because they could not keep up with the amount of orders coming in. The flower shops themselves were close to running out of flowers. Experts attribute the rise of sales to value of the money, growing economy, and steady unemployment rates.
Last year was a challenge to get all the flowers delivered because there was a storm coming through at the time, “we were worried about the flowers getting here because the boats and planes were delayed”, another flower shop owner said. When asked how he is preparing for this year, “we had to hire extra delivery drivers and staff to make flower arrangements”. Delivery staff had to deal with pouring rain and flooded streets last year delaying some deliveries. All the shop owners agree that weather plays a big part of how successful they will be.
Here are a few tips for this coming Valentine’s Day Cebu. If you are looking to save money, then the best option is to go to Freedom Park Cebu and have a flower arrangement made for you. This way you can have the flowers customized to your liking and deliver the flowers yourself to your loved one. Don’t forget the chocolate and teddy bear which you can not find at Freedom, you will have to walk to the near by mall to get that. Plan on getting there early to avoid the massive crowds. Flower shops also prioritize paid orders first, so you run the chance of not being able to get the flowers that you wanted.
By far the best option is to order from the flower shops’ website well before Valentine’s Day. Shop owners recommend ordering online prior to February 7th to ensure your order gets accepted before they fill up. Ordering online will cost you more but you avoid having to battle the crowds and going multiple places to get all the things needed. Be sure to check for the shops reviews before you place your order. Check the reviews back to last Valentines Day to see how they performed. You will notice that not all shops are created equal and too many over promised and under delivered. Experts recommend ordering from a Cebu flower shop that uses PayPal as their payment system. PayPal offers you protection on your order if it is not delivered. Use cation when sending money to a flower shop that only has a Facebook page, most likely they are not registered as a legal business and there will be no recourse if they take your money and don’t deliver your flowers.
Valentine’s Day is a special day to show your love to your partner. Be sure to place your order early and with a good Cebu flower shop. Also, be sure to read their Cebu flower delivery policy and terms and conditions to know exactly what to expect and avoid disappointment. Also expect the prices will be higher than usual during the holiday.
Looking down isle of flower shops at Freedom Park Cebu Flower Prices