Flower markets do good business. 1 kg of Arali costs Rs 600
Prices of flowers have shot up as the Onam festival approaches. Flower markets are doing good business with loads and loads of flowers flooding the markets. The colourful flower market is now being flooded by all hues in the run-up to the Onam festivities.
Not only from Kerala, flowers reach here even from other neighbouring states. Flowers are picked up by schools, colleges and other institutions for arranging Pookalam. The flowers that come from Tamil Nadu flood the markets in Ernakulam North, Vytilla and other places. Flowers from Hosur, Bengaluru, Gundlupet, Coimbatore, Dindigal reach the state especially for Onam. Traders said that the high cost is due to the poor harvest as there was deficient rainfall.
This time too, Arali is costly, especially because of the demand. Last year, Arali was sold for Rs 300 for a kilo which now is Rs 600. Rose arali costs Rs 400.
Some of the varieties that are in great demand are Mary Gold, Vadamalli and Tulasi.
Yellow marigold is selling for Rs 300 for a kilo. The price of white jamanthi has come down to Rs 100 from Rs 300. Prices of Vadamalli have shot up to Rs 300. The other flowers Dalia, Zenia, Apoorva are also found in the market.
For those who find it difficult to get the different hues, there is a flower kit which costs Rs 50. Flower prices are likely to rise in the coming days and despite good arrivals the prices keep spiralling.