How the weather affects the supply & demand of flowers
Nowadays, one of the consequences of climate change is the variability and instability of the seasons. In previous years the climates were more marked and the seasons were fixed for a period of months. Today, the climates are surprising and winter may have higher temperatures than expected and vice versa.
On one side, hot climate makes the process of production and development of roses much faster than normal, due to the sun exposure that opens much faster the flower. Consequently, this means that farms have to sell earlier than planned, overproduction and over-demand are generated and therefore, market prices reduce.
On the other hand, extreme cold also plays a fundamental role in the production of the flower, as low temperatures cause the flower harvest to be delayed. In this way, demand cannot be satisfied and the low supply is sold at high prices. These temperatures not only affect production, but also the logistics chain, such as the closure of airports and highways due to snowfall.
Bad weather brings serious consequences. It is so that the rains not only spoil part of the production, but they can also generate diseases such as mites and botrytis in the petals and in the leaves of the flower. This must be prevented and controlled by specialists so that it doesn’t affect the harvest.
The climate is an important and uncontrollable factor in the production of flowers, this will determine the scarce or abundant offer of the season and consequently define the prices to offer to the international market.