Floral firm hopes to keep up its sales in carnations


KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — With the coming of Mother’s Day, a floral company expressed the hope yesterday that this year’s carnation sales can be maintained at around 1 million flowers as in past years so that the price will not fall too low.

Due to the economic slowdown, Chao Chang-meng, president of the Kaohsiung International Flower Co., said the public has become more conservative in spending money and he hoped the promotion as well as the concerted efforts of other flower markets around the island will help boost sales.

Chao said that one big carnation sells for around NT$30 (US$0.99) while a small one sells for between NT$10-20. A big imported carnation can fetch a price of around NT$50.

Chao noted that the carnation is the floral symbol of Mother’s Day, and that 70 percent of the year’s sales of carnations in Taiwan is centered around Mother’s Day, the second Sunday of May. But in recent years, younger mothers don’t necessarily like carnations, and have preferred roses or calla lilies instead, he added.