If you haven’t bought your mom flowers yet for Mother’s Day, don’t be surprised when you see the prices.
Florists across the country have been warning about a shortage of flowers ahead of the holiday, which is the biggest annual floral event behind Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Hanukkah, according to the Society of American Florists.
But this year, several factors have led to a shortage. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed the global flower market last year. The pandemic and other problems have also slowed worldwide shipping. And growers in parts of South America that export flowers to the U.S. have dealt with unusually cold weather. Meanwhile, the U.S. is historically the top importer of cut flowers.