|Xuân Quan villagers are busy during days prior to Tết. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
HÀ NỘI — Days leading up to Tết (Lunar New Year) are the busiest but happiest time of the year for the industrious flower farmers in Xuân Quan Village in the northern province of Xuân Quan.
|A variety of ornamental flowers are planted in Xuân Quan Village. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
The village, considered as one of the three largest flower cultivation areas in the north, besides Tây Tựu and Mê Linh Villages, has been thronged with traders and buyers seeking the most beautiful flowers to sell or for their homes.
|Daisy is one of the best selling flowers in the village. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
Even though consumption has been significantly lower during the COVID-hit years, flower farmers in the village still feel optimistic as sales are gradually increasing, which might signal a more prosperous new year.
|The flowers are sold at higher prices this year due to limited output. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
According to a local farmer Lý Trường, ornamental flowers planted in the village have bloomed thanks to good weather conditions so have sold well.
|Flowers in Xuân Quan Village are sold in the northern, central and southern markets. VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
However, the output has decreased this year due to increasing prices of fertilisers and plant varieties. The flowers, therefore, are sold at higher prices, he added.
|A farmer waters flowers in Xuân Quan Village. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
“The most popular are those reasonably priced like daisies or roses while luxurious kinds such as orchids, red apricots or azaleas are slower to sell. Mini bonsai trees have been purchased in large amounts,” he said.
According to traders, Xuân Quan Village has been a favourite destination for flower enthusiasts thanks to a variety of ornamental flowers that are sold at reasonable prices.
“I frequently drive from Hà Nam Province to the village to buy flowers for Tết,” said Bùi Văn Công, a 35-year-old customer.
“In the village, flowers are grown mostly in compact pots and baskets so they could be conveniently displayed at home.”
|Flowers are grown mostly in compact pots and baskets so they could be conveniently displayed at home. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
Xuân Quan Village currently has 1,500 flower farming households cultivating on a total area of 200 hectares.
To adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, products of the village have been digitised and introduced on popular social network pages like Facebook or Zalo. VNS
|Ornamental flowers planted in Xuân Quan Village have bloomed thanks to good weather conditions. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|