Unseasonably warm temperatures trigger "huge demand" for daffodils

Online garden centre GardeningExpress.co.uk says unseasonably warm temperatures have triggered a huge demand for daffodils from customers, with the potential to cause shortages this Easter.

Image: ScotsAnn Morguefile
Image: ScotsAnn Morguefile

Mild conditions outdoors, and temperatures creeping up to 16 degrees in some parts of the country, are causing early flowering of the spring plant which typically flowers between March and May, and this in turn is triggering demand.

Director Chris Bonnett said his business had seen orders triple in the last week. Gardening Express sells over 30 different varieties online.

Brexit could also exacerbate the situation, as millions of daffodils are shipped to the UK from the Netherlands and the potential of increased tariffs, delays at ports and a sharp fall in the pound could all make it more difficult for EU nurseries to trade with British retailers.

"Whilst this is lovely to see, it could mean that all the daffodils in the land will be finished by Easter this year – when most people like to buy them to decorate their homes," said Bonnett.

He added that his company is taking measures to ensure a continuity of supply by ‘tricking’ bulbs into thinking it is still winter using giant cold stores.

"These stores are usually used to keep the shops stocked with seasonal agricultural crops like potatoes, but with demand so great wholesale prices of daffodils have already doubled compared to last year.

"If the demand continues, we’ll have to switch off the fridges and sell the flowers we’ve set aside for Easter too."

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