Order early. That’s advice from DC-area florists as they see supply chain issues ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Some local florists are seeing prices rise as supply chain issues make it harder to get flowers before Valentine’s Day. (Courtesy of Yekaterina Allotey)

Order early.

That’s advice from DC-area florists as they grapple with supply chain issues ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Some local florists say it could be a lot harder this year for you to get the flowers you want.

“It’s definitely been a struggle,” said Will Dukas, co-founder of Chantilly, Va.-based Send Smiles.

Dukas said one of the problems was a shortage of planes to fly flowers to the United States from South America.

“They have enough people, they are growing the flowers properly, everything is fine,” Dukas said. “But that’s once they drop them off at the airport, there aren’t enough planes to get those flowers to Miami.”

And once you get here?

“On top of that there’s been what everyone sees in the industry, which is labor shortages, which shows more on the trucking side once the flowers come to Miami” , did he declare.

His advice?

“Definitely order early,” Dukas said. “It will definitely be an early sale this year.”

Yekaterina Allotey, owner of Kat Flowers Design and Decor in Arlington, says the issues have also caused suppliers to raise prices, making it difficult for smaller stores.

“We have to find the balance as local florists just to make everyone happy, which is very difficult because we have to keep our businesses busy,” Allotey said.

She told WTOP that when she saw the prices go up on her shop’s Valentine’s Day essentials, she placed her order early.

“Anyone who pre-ordered their large flower shipments, they could … keep prices similar to last year,” Allotey said.

The problem is that she has to guess how many flowers she needs.

“It’s a bit difficult because you never know exactly how many orders you’ll get on Valentine’s Day, so you can waste a lot of flowers. Or you can actually run out of flowers,” Allotey said. .

Dukas said last year was an extremely busy year as more people stayed home and sent flowers rather than meeting in person.

This year, he expects demand to return a little more to normal.

“I think the isolation is coming to an end. More than a year ago. We’re actually seeing the volume come down a bit from the peak of COVID,” Dukas said.

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