Flower reapers in Da Lat city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong are working around the clock to prepare for flower harvests and transport to other cities and provinces.

Flowers cultivated across 916 hectares will be sold in markets on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet). The outputs of 470 hectares of chrysanthemum flowers will be available, as will 130 hectares of lisianthus flowers, 70 hectares of lily flowers, and 70 hectares of boat orchid flowers, among others.

Apart from traditional daisy villages in Thai Phien (District 12) and Ha Dong (District 8), residents in Xuan Tho commune enlarged their lands to grow daisy varieties. Other localities planted lilies, boat orchids and lisianthuses instead of their usual vegetables to serve the increased demand ahead of the Tet holiday.

Currently, prices remain unchanged in chrysanthemums, daisies, gerberas, lisianthuses, carnations and sunflowers, but boat orchid flower branches have ranged between 300,000 VND (14.1 USD) and 1.5 million VND (70.6 USD).

Lily flowers are being sold around 165,000 VND (7.75 USD), below the peak price of 240,000 VND (11.3 USD) during the 2014 Lunar New Year.-VNA