It’s Mothers Day and in certain parts of the U.S. it’s still too chilly to cut your own roses for your mom. So where do the endless Mother’s Day rose bouquets come from?
Thanks to the Latin American country of Colombia where growing conditions are ideal, Americans are able to celebrate with roses in abundance.
Approximately sixty-six percent or 213 million stems of cut flowers imported into this country are from Colombia. Roses top the list of the top 10 cut flower imports followed by Mixed Bouquets, Dianthus (carnations) and Chrysanthemum (pom-pon).
Roses are harvested young before they blossom: these “rose buttons” must be kept at a steady 39.2̊F to preserve their quality, and that includes temperature controlled warehouses, freight trucks and airplanes.
Flower cargos are inspected before traveling across hemispheres, to ensure that the product is not contaminated and is free of plagues, and once again when they land in Miami or other ports of entry, some 40 different companies pick them up, and transport them in trucks throughout the US.
In Miami, according to the Miami Herald, the flower importing business employs some 6,000 people and accounts for close to 90 percent of the imported flowers that come into the U.S.
So MOM enjoy your roses with love from Colombia.