What do Imported Flowers go through before they get to you?
Have you ever purchased a bunch of flowers and noticed that they were a little different?
Or that they didn’t open like the flowers in a garden?
For those of you who don't know, one of the many reasons why I started DAILY Blooms, was not only because I am so passionate about flowers, but also because I wanted to deliver fresh and locally grown blooms everyday.
The Sydney Morning Herald posted an article in February this year on sustainable flower shopping. Just to give you a snapshot, last year Australians imported more than 5.22 million rose stems between 1st-14th February, mostly from Africa.
Approximately 10% of flowers that are sold in Australia are imported from overseas. Flower varieties such as Roses, Carnations, Orchids, Tropical Foliages and Chrysanthemums are sourced from Kenya, Thailand, South Africa, China, New Zealand, Holland and Vietnam. The flowers go through quarantine, are sprayed to ensure they do not carry any bugs or infections and are then sent to the Flower Market and/or Wholesalers throughout Australia.
The problem we are facing is that our pursuit of goodwill and affection towards each other through the giving of flowers is hurting the most important lady in all of our lives: Mother Nature. If those 217,500 bouquets were each wrapped in 75cm of plastic cellophane, that adds up to more than 163km of plastic wrapping used in a two-week period – just for roses mind you.
Not to mention the fact that they then go through the process of being frozen and air-freighted just to get to Australia, which means it could be more than a week from when the flowers were originally cut, before they end up on the shelf at your local supermarket or petrol station. A little shocking don't you think.
Why We Choose Local Farmers
In Australia alone, there are more than 900 flower farms cultivating 4,470 hectares in order to supply almost 2,000 florists. However, the majority of cut flowers sold in Australia actually come from overseas, with imports from countries such as Ecuador, Africa, Asia and South America.
So with over 900 flower farms across Australia, why are we importing flowers from overseas you may ask. The reason is that it is much cheaper to grow flowers in warmer climates all year round. Whilst this may not seem like much of an issue, the wages and terrible working conditions of the local workers overseas is.
Not a lot of people know that Victorian growers produce the majority of the fresh flowers in Australia. The reason for this is that it is an ideal climate and conditions for growing flowers.
The flowers I buy and sell at Daily Blooms will never be imported. They will always be locally grown from farmers that I meet and talk to every day. This means that my flowers will be based on what's in a season as well as what I am loving at the time. We find the quality of locally grown flowers to be superior, they are not sprayed with unknown poisons and plus, we are supporting Australian businesses.