DALLAS — For years, the price paid by shoppers in major metropolitan areas for a flower was pegged to the price it fetched at a pharmacy, and in some cases, even the cost of the flowers themselves.
It’s now changing.
As flower prices continue to plummet, the question is whether those fluctuations can be blamed on government policies, or whether the price is simply rising faster than inflation.
This is what’s happening in Dallas-Fort Worth, where a shortage of flower vendors is leading to steep drops in flower prices and some flower sellers are selling their stock for less than they’d paid in the past.
As the price for a single flower dropped to $1.40 per ounce on Sunday, prices dropped another $1 per ounce to $0.40, according to the National Association of Flower Growers.
Prices for the bulk of the country’s supply dropped to about $1 a pound from $1 to $2.50, according the United States Flower Association.
The shortage is particularly acute in Dallas, which had a supply of about 2.3 million flowering plants last year, according a report from the Association of American Flower Grower.
Since the flower shortage began, the city’s flower inventory has dropped by more than 4,000 plants, or about 9 percent.
Even as prices drop, a growing number of flower sellers and retailers are finding it hard to make a profit.
“We’ve had a lot of sellers close because of the flower price,” said Lisa Knepp, an assistant business manager for Flower Boutique, a Dallas-area flower retailer.
“There’s not much to go around.”
Knepp said she has seen people sell flowers for $0 and then have to pay another $25 for another one to be delivered, often on a Tuesday.
Kneppe said she’s been told by a flower dealer she knows, “I’m going to have to shut you down, or I’m going too low to make your profits.”
Kaneen Jones, a flower seller in downtown Dallas, said her prices have dropped nearly 40 percent since June.
She’s selling flowers for less now than they did when the shortage began.
Jones said her stock has dropped as much as $10,000 in the last two weeks, due to the shortage.
“I think it’s just going to get worse, and that’s just the reality,” Jones said.
“If the flower supply goes down, we’ll be left with nothing to sell.”
As of Tuesday, the Dallas-Ft.
Worth area had 1.3 billion flowering plants, down from 1.6 billion last year.
The shortage has impacted growers and retailers who are competing for customers, said David W. Kroll, the executive director of the Association for American Flower & Gardeners.
There’s a big gap in the market between the people who need a lot and the people that need a little,” Kroll said.
The shortage has affected both local and national flower growers, said Kroll.
The Dallas-San Antonio region, for example, had more than 3.5 million flower plants last season, down more than 70 percent from the peak, according with the Association.
For a few years now, prices for many flowers have been falling in anticipation of the shortage, according. “
We don’t know how long it will last,” Davis said.
For a few years now, prices for many flowers have been falling in anticipation of the shortage, according.
But the shortage has changed that.
The Dallas area’s shortage of flowers is the biggest problem facing the industry.
A flower shortage is a problem that has been around for decades, but not everyone agrees with the severity of the situation.
The flower shortage in Dallas is the latest in a long list of flower shortages in the U.S., said Tom Schmitt, director of communications for the National Flower Association of America.
“There’s an oversupply of flowers,” Schmitt said.
He noted that most flowers are harvested on a regular basis.
Farming and the retail trade have long been a source of supply for flower retailers, Schmitt noted.
“The more people are making flower arrangements for the flower industry, the more flowers are available for retail,” he said.
But not everyone believes flower shortages are the only problem facing flower sellers.
The Association for Flower & Growers says that in the years since the flower shortages began, flower prices have been dropping because of weather, including warmer weather.
According to the association, the average price of flowers dropped to just $0 in June from $2 to $3 per ounce.
Many of the retailers selling flowers are trying their best to make up for the shortage by selling more flowers at prices that are higher than they would normally pay.
But some flower growers are finding that price hikes are hurting them.
“People are going to the store