All about Cut Flowers in Cebu
- By Leads Agri
- November 4, 2015
- Categories: News
Already an annual event, this year’s LEADS Cut Flower Recorida in Cebu has continued to bring smiles to the flower growers. Various barangays in Cebu were visited by the dancing Pandoy and the LEADS crew. The flower growers were very busy preparing the flowers—sorting, trimming bad leaves, grouping, and packing to be ready for shipping.
This year, cut flower in Cebu is seen to be a very profitable industry. The flowers are packed and sold either in dozens or in bundles, depending on the variety. During off-season, they are usually priced at 60-80 pesos, but because of the damage that the Typhoon Lando has caused in the cut flower industry of Benguet, the bundles of flowers like Violet, Malaysian Mumps, Spider, Golden, et cetera increased to Php 100-200 per bundle. These values go double when transported and resold. In the past two years, the cut flower industry in Cebu has been observed to be growing. Still, it isn’t as prolific as it used to be in the early 90s, where almost every backyard was planted with flowers and everyone was selling flowers. To date, around 1500 hectares are dedicated to growing cut flowers, but no plantation is still seen and an average of 200 square meters is owned by each farmer. During the recorida, various trucks, jeeps, and buyers are seen lurking in the area. Over the years, Cebu has been one of the sources of flowers for its neighbouring islands like Iloilo, Bacolod, and Negros.
The growers start planting the flowers from an average of 3 to 4 months to as much as 6 months before season, depending on the variety they choose to grow. Several techniques are applied, such as photoperiodism, to control the growth of the blossoms. LEADS Agri has various products that help in solving problems brought about by pest and diseases in flowers as well as fertilizer inputs that increase vigour and flowering. If you happen to have cut flower farms do not hesitate to contact us.
Written by: Mara Balayan