Largest Exhibition of Green Business in India, Flora Expo 2019: A Grand Success

Showcase of Flowers, Seeds, Bulbs, Planting Materials and Gardening Related Tools

India’s Largest Exhibition on Floriculture, Nursery & Greenhouse Technology — 14th International Flora Expo 2019 was inaugurated by Christian Vos Schluter, Editor, FlorMarket Global from Spain, with over 50 global breeders varieties on display at the exposition. The top companies put up their display directly or through their Indian associates.

The expo served the entire landscape & green industry and trade stakeholders through its matchless offers backed by colossal domestic market support with the focus on high quality export oriented flower production. It showcased new products, techniques and devices that are extremely effective and cost-efficient.

Christian Vos Schluter, Editor, FlorMarket Global from Spain expressed his generous appreciation for the vertical gardening concept, the pot arrangements, the various kinds of flowers and flower arrangements, also the various innovative concepts developed by the floriculture industry. The exhibition showed lot of R&D going on in the floriculture area.

Some of the big names participated at the three-day event are: Holland Flower Market, Albani E Ruggiero, Anthura, Armada, Ball Colegrave, Barberet & Blanc, Bartels, Benary, Briercross, Bromeliaceae, Corn Back Bv, Dalina Genetics, Darwin, Dekker, Drawin Plant, Dummen Orange, ECKE Ranch, EP Bromeliaceae, Fides, Floranova, Florist Holland B.V., Gebr. De, Goldsmith Seed Inc., Graff Breeding, Hibisqs, Hybrida, Jong, Kieft Seed, Konst Alstromaria, Kp Holland, Kultana Orchids, La Villetta, Montiplanta, Moralia, PanAmerican Seed, Perennials, Princettia, Queen, Red Fox, Rijnplant, Rose Forever, Royal Van Zanten, Sakata Seed, Corporation, Santamaria, Selecta, Syngenta Flowers, Taiwan Orchid, Nursery, Takii Seed, Tezier, Van Der Zon, VCI Nederland and many more.

India is emerging as one of the fastest growing markets in the South Asian countries and the demand of flower and plant consumption is increasing by around 20% every year. Indian Floriculture Industry feels if the production area of new varieties is not expanded, India could become one of the importers of the produce.

“Seeing the profitable growth of India, this series has made itself the proven platform for International suppliers to meet and trade with all importers, buyers, retailers, garden centres and florists at one place,” said S. Jafar Naqvi, President, iFlora.

India has emerged as a major hub for International breeders, planting material suppliers and the ultra-modern tissue culture labs for floriculture and horticulture industry and lots of new investments are taking place in greenhouses, hydroponics, Solar Energy Utility technology, Plant technology, biotechnology & Automation and much more. Ricardo Monzón, Area Manager Asia/ Product Specialist Carnation, Dümmen Orange said, “India is an Important Market of Future with ample potential as the consumption market has developed, as seen in the present days. The market is sustainable all-year around.”

The concurrent event, 11th International Horti Expo 2019presented a peerless professional spotlight, revealing each of the sectors relating to farming, greenhouse and automated Farm equipments.

Participation

Over 150 exhibitors participated in the Expo. Exhibitors with their wide range of plants and colourful flowers welcomed the visitors. The exhibitors like Rise n’ Shine Biotech Pvt. Ltd., KF Bioplants Pvt. Ltd., Soex Flora, Florance Flora, Precision Agritech Pvt. Ltd., Tropica Nursery, ELT India, Harshdeep Agro Products, Sanjay Nursery, Gromor Food Nursery and A-One Biotech flaunted varieties of flowers and plants through captivating displays.

Green Vision Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. offered fertilizers and seeds. Greentech India, AA Politiv Ltd., showcased the latest trends and developments of the floriculture and horticulture sector. Concepts in landscaping and vertical gardening were brought up by ELT India, JKD Hortitech, Ratnashri Landscapers, Baijnath Landscape and lot more.

Media Interviews of participating companies are available on our website www.youtube.com/mediatodaytv

International Conference

The new concept of Green living entailing innovative landscaping and vertical gardening systems shaping up in India promotes cleaner and greener environment around us. Therefore, with that noble objective of promoting landscaping and gardening activities, an International Conference & Networking Meet on Green Living Concepts “Plants, Places & People” was organized on 23rd February 2019.

The Conference included presentations from many prominent dignitaries who attended the conference. Pradeep Barpande, Managing Director, ELT India presented an apt presentation on Future Demands of Indian Landscape & Gardening Industry – Impending Opportunities for Growth. Similarly, Ranjeet Kumar, Head – Landscape & Irrigation, Delhi International Airport, GMR Group presented on Importance of Automatic Irrigation system for a Sustainable Landscaping; Prasannamurti, Vice President – Head Landscape Bangalore International Airport Ltd. gave presentation on Large Scale Townships and Airport – Challenges and Opportunities; Robert Fernandes, Associate Vice President, Horticulture, K Raheja Corp. presented on Automation and Planning of Large Landscape Projects; Vaibhav Raje, CEO, Treecotech Arboriculture Consultancy presented on Arboriculture – Trees & People; Dr. H.P. Sumangala, Sr. Scientist, IIHR gave a beautiful presentation on Unexplored Indian Floral Wealth; and Vinod Haritwal, Director, Haritsons Mintech Pvt. Ltd. presented on Innovation Products for Water and Nutrients conservations in Floriculture.

There were two panel discussions on Emerging Trends in Flower & Plant Industry whose panelists were Ricardo Monzon, Area Manager Asia/ Product Specialist Carnation, Dummen Orange; David Z. Yarkoni, Director, Montiplanta; Dinesh Rawat, Chaiman, Greenmall, Pritam More, Maanaging Director, More Gardens & another panel discussion was on Vertical Gardening – Emerging Technologies and Future demands with panelists Kumarpal Shah, Managing Director, JKD Hortitech; Rohit Jadav, Director, A-One Biotech & Tissue Culture Pvt. Ltd.; Dipin Dedhia, MD, Rising Gardens.

Indian Flower and Plants Industry Excellence Awards

In order to recognize Flower & Plant Industry organizations and leaders who have made everlasting impact on the green industry, a humble effort is being made to honour and to appreciate the growth story of those leaders. Indian Flower & Plant Industry Excellence Awards was conducted on 23rd February 2019.

The winners of the award were –

  • Vijay Shinde, Precision Agritech Pvt. Ltd. – Promoting Dutch Floriculture Varieties through Seedlings in India
  • Praveen Satyarthi, Gromor Food Nursery – Nurseryman of the Year
  • David Z Yarkoni, Montiplanta – Promoting & Supporting Gerbera Farmers in India
  • Ricardo Monzon, Dummen Orange – Promoting & Supporting Carnations Farmers in India
  • Indrajeet Saini, Green Heaven Plantscape – Promotion of Vertical gardens in Delhi
  • Dinesh Rawat, Greenmall Kolkata – Best Collection of Palm Trees
  • Prajakta Kale, www.Bonsainamaste.com – World’s largest display of Bonsai Trees
  • Vinod Haritwal, Haritsons Mintech Pvt. Ltd. – Innovative Products for Water and Nutrients Conservation in Floriculture
  • Ganesh Kulkarni, Greentech India – Automation of Greenhouses and Support Equipment
  • Arun Patel, Sharpex Engineering Works – Largest Manufacturer and Exporters of Eco-friendly Garden and Forestry Tools
  • Kumarpal Shah, JKD Hortitech – Promotion of Green Roofs & Green Walls
  • KF Bioplants – 25 years of Service in Floriculture
  • Suresh Sakla, Sakla Rose Garden – Promotion of Rose Gardening India
  • Chetan Dedhia, J.J. Overseas – Agrochemicals, IoT Based Automation and Post Harvest Products
  • Harish Nanuramji Khemka, Intermolde Furniture Pvt. Ltd. – Largest Manufacturer and Supplier of Moulded Plastic Pots & Planters
  • Irrigation Products International Pvt. Ltd. – Supply of Turf Maintenance Equipment for Golf course
  • Pritam More, More Gardens – Launching & Promoting pot Dutch Calla Lily Flowers in India

Networking & Trading Opportunities

14th Int’l FloraExpo 2019 proved to be the ideal meeting point for all the major stakeholders of the industry with a vast footfall of more than 20,000 visitors. The 2019 edition of event series had a major thrust on the emerging concepts of green living such as vertical gardening, floral arrangements and flower pot arrangements apart from innovative products.

The expo had displays of products from US, Holland, Israel, Nepal, Korea, Portugal, China and many other countries. Several varieties of flowers along with pot-plants, nursery plants, plant technology, biotechnology and greenhouse technology were on display. The event catered to the demand of emerging landscape and vertical gardening industry.

The showcase of flowers, seeds, bulbs, planting materials and gardening related tools helped the industry professionals looking for new products, techniques and highly effective and cost-efficient devices for upgrading their business. The concurrent events displayed every segment of agriculture and horticulture facilitating diversification.

The Expo offered a great opportunity for launching unique landscape & gardening ideas, concepts, products, services, accessories and equipments. The organizers were glad with the outcome. FloraExpo certainly left a lasting impression on the exhibitors and visitors and the organizers.  This was a positive signal to the organizers to carry the expo to the next year with greater vigour and zeal. The dates for the next edition have been announced as 10-11-12 January 2020 in Pune, India.

For more details, visit: www.floraexpo.com

Flowers with their meaning that you could gift on valentine’s day

Valentine’s day is around the corner and we are secretly wishing up to our boos and baes to get pretty flower bouquets. Sad there’s only a rose day when there are such other pretty flowers in the world that can be gifted to people. And sadly, there are so many people who think flowers are only gifted to their love interest on Valentine’s. 

Find all these flowers, and a thousand more at the 14th International Flora Expo from 22nd – 24th February 2019 at Pune.

Flowers are used to express love and devotion that is not always romantic. Even different colours of roses have different meanings altogether with red being the colour of romance, yellow rose signifies friendship, white rose signifies forgiveness, dark pink roses tend to symbolize appreciation and gratitude and so on. So, let’s have a look at these beautiful flowers and the significance:

Carnation: Fascination. Love. Distinction. A pink carnation means affection, while a red carnation means ‘I love you.’ Striped carnations mean regret that a love is not shared, while white carnations mean pure love, and yellow means rejection or disappointment.

Azalea: With their gorgeous pink blooms and glossy green foliage, azaleas are a popular choice for Valentine’s Day flower bouquets. Depicting femininity and developing passion, it also reminds loved ones to take care of themselves when they are given this fragrant flower as a gift.

Gladioli: Along with Lilies, the Gladiolus is the most traditional and commonly-used flower at funerals. They represent strength and character, as well as integrity. Including them in your arrangement is saying a lot about your feelings toward the person who passed away.

Camellia flower: The delicate camellia flower lends its feature to its symbolism: passion, perfection, desire, and polish. The also symbolize the longing to be with the beloved. Giving camellia flowers to your beloved is a good call.

Daisy: Daisies have a long history and are found in a wide range of colours. It is actually an herb and symbolizes innocence, stability, sympathy and cheerfulness. Suitors would wear a Daisy during the days of knighthood, and the women would include a Daisy as part of their mementos to signify availability.

Sweet Pea: Sweet Peas signify blissful pleasure, but are also used to say good-bye. They are a native flower plant of the eastern Mediterranean region from Sicily to Crete. Like the daisy, they are seen in a variety of colours. Gardeners often enjoy them for their lovely fragrance and large blooming range (March to November.)

Forget-Me-Not: Since they symbolize true love and continued remembrance, forget-me-nots are typically used in arrangements from the spouse of the deceased person.

Now that we have so many feelings and options, we can always express our feelings to a person with the help of flowers. Also, if you don’t receive any flowers for Valentine’s don’t forget to buy one for yourself.

Find all these flowers, and a thousand more at the 14th International Flora Expo from 22nd – 24th February 2019 at Pune.

Doctors say floral plants in your surroundings can eliminate seasonal depression

Plants reduce stress, we all know that. But what about the winter season when the weather is gloomy and we all are facing some seasonal depression? When it’s cold outside and we all are snuggled up in our blankets by the heaters and fire? While it could be a boon for the homebodies because it’s socially acceptable for people to stay in during the winters as everyone else is in too, others might be struggling and cursing the weather so they could just go outside.


Since winter is a season where everyone is inside their homes, why not we make our time inside, a good and enjoyable one? You do not have to sit and sulk hiding inside a blanket. Open up some windows to let the sun in and put some potted plants inside your home and garden. Put them in a place where you can see them all the time, while sitting at your study chair or when you walk outside. Place them by your windows and near to the bed for an easily refreshed mood. 


When you spend a ton of time inside, because of long working hours or climate conditions, poor air quality will undoubtedly influence your wellbeing. Truth be told, indoor toxins can detrimentally affect our wellbeing. Such toxins can cause sensitivities, asthma, aggravation, tension, stretch and even specific kinds of malignant growth. To eliminate these toxins from the environment, it is always better to have air-purifying plants in our homes or offices, for example, Chinese Evergreen, Peace Lily, Sake Plant, Jade Plant etc. 


The winter season is associated with greys, blacks and dull colours. We do not get to see a lot of shimmery bright colours shining in the sunlight. Or sunlight, for that matter. It is a rare occasion which lets us climb out of our cocoons. To even that out, it’s advisable to have some bright flowery plants to cheer up the mood of yourself and the whole aura of the place as well. There are some amazing indoor flowers plants that you can check out in our previous blog post.

Also, if you like the company of winter flowers we suggest you get your hands on summer flowers as well. Plants do a really good job battling the depression in winters and they also would do a really good job shining in the sun with all their bright colours. The summer flowers include Daffodils, Carnations, Sunflowers, Roses and so on. You can read about more in our previous blog – Bright and beautiful summer flowers to cheer up your garden


Find all these plants, and a thousand more at the 14th International Flora Expo from 22nd – 24th February 2019 at Pune.

5 small business ideas with little or no investment for women entrepreneurs

Starting a business is not everyone’s cup of tea. People who seek security like to stick to their jobs for a monthly income. But some people love to be their own bosses. When we think business we automatically imagine a man suited up, but in this era where women are not only working for jobs but also seeking to start their own business, we have listed some ideas that can be started with least or no investment and in a sector where women are leading.

Let’s have a look at them:

Floral House Accounts: House accounts are an excellent way to get into a floral business and keep a flow of supply. For that you need to tie up with corporate agencies or government offices that need bouquets for their tables to be changed daily or twice a week. You offer them a subscription and voila! Once they are used to the fresh pretty flowers on their tables, one would hardly cancel one.

Seasonal supplier: Use your extra time to be a seasonal supplier. A lot of those businesses are based on a hike of events or organic things. For example, wedding season, there is an immense demand of flower for arrangements. You can invest a little in that which goes a long way. It is one of the part time gigs you can do while having a job in hand. You just need to tie up with flower supplier and be a middlewoman for the floral wedding arrangement.

Landscape Designing:Landscape design focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. Any designing business is well suited for women who has an eye for detail. This does not need any investment as such you just need to have an eye for the details. You need to be thorough with the designs, climate and area to be able to come up with a plan which looks both beautiful and easy to maintain.

Nursery: If you’re a lady and you love flowers, here’s a perfect business to invest your time into. Being around flowers is a meditating business idea for sure, given you know how to take care of the plants. A well-maintained nursery and well cared-for plants look amazing and people would love to buy healthy flowering plants. If you do not want to buy plants from outside and you’re not eager to start a business ASAP try growing them from scratch with the help of seedlings. That way it’ll be much affordable.

Candle making: Get crafty with the innovative business of candle making, and it’s not as complex as it sounds. A small-scale candle making business can be a great way for the entrepreneurs for earning extra money or even a full-time income. All you need to possess are skills. If you want to get thrifty you can learn the basics online and try it. After you’ve made some candles, adorn them with an eye-catching label or tag complete with your company name and/or logo, contact information, and instructions for use. Utilize fully customized packaging to promote brand awareness. Sell them on a shop or online, whichever suits you.

With any business you need to be persistent. Don’t give up midway. That’s the reason why most people fail. They accept failure even before starting. Success comes to those who don’t accept failure even after the actual failure.

Natural room fresheners – Indoor flower plants

Global Air Freshener Market was valued at $10 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $12 billion by 2023. And why not? We all prefer a nice smelling home because a good fragrance is naturally upliftings. For that, we spend a lot of money on perfumed liquids to spray or hang in our bedrooms, bathrooms or even cars.

However, sometimes it’s a little too harsh, and some people even complain that the fragrance does not last long enough. Also, we have limited options to choose from. 

So to overcome all these issues, we came up with the idea to grow indoor plants that are naturally fragrant. It would save you time and money and it is also eco-friendly as we eliminate the harmful sprays from the environment.

Below are some options for indoor plants would make your room smell like a god’s personal garden.

  • Lavender: One of the most common fragrances that resemble the one you get in air fresheners. It is more like a shrub and the flowers are long in pink or purple in colour with dark green leaves. It’s soothing and relaxing smell makes you calm and even help you sleep at night. It’s best kept in a bedroom near the window. The soil should be most so you need to water it in the morning and you’re good to go. 
  • Tea Rose Begonia: These tender blooms are light pink in colour and a perfect fit for your bedroom. The flowers help you relax, both when you inhale them and when they’re just around. The soil for these beauties needs to be moist and well drained and they do not need much sun either. You can even hang them in a pot and they’ll look just as good.
  • Jasmine: These are small flowers which are white in colour. It is a very popular flower around the world, especially in India because it is considered to be holy. They are also worn in hair in the south because of its pure white petals and tropical fragrance. These flowers bloom at night and are also called ‘raat ki rani’ or ‘chameli’ commonly. They are best kept in filtered light and moist soil, making them an indoor plant for your living room.
  • Gardenia (Gandharaj): In France, Gardenia is the traditional flower which men wear as boutonnières. It is not fairly easy to grow and this delicate flower requires some extra care. You’d need pre manured soil for its seedling but it may still take a while to grow. If the leaves are shiny and dark green, you’re doing everything right. Just keep it near a window because it requires ample of sunlight but when the little white flowers bloom, it’d be worth all the effort.
  • Frangipani: This is either white, yellow or red in colour. Generally, the flower is 2-5 inches wide and has a gentle and mild fragrance.  This one requires a lot of sunlight, at least 6 hours so it’s best kept in direct sun for its flower to bloom properly. The best place would be your drawing room in a spot of constant sun. The plant has dark green leaves and should be watered once every day in the morning.

Find all these plants, and a thousand more at the 14th International Flora Expo from 22nd – 24th February 2019 at Pune.

Bright and beautiful summer flowers to cheer up your garden

Heavy winters have passed and it’s time to work on our gardens because next up is springtime. We do not want to miss the opportunity to see stunning summer flowers blooming in the spring season.  

There are so many flowers that would add a splash of colour to your garden and would create such a positive vibe and peaceful atmosphere whenever you step out there. We have listed the most easily managed and pleasant looking flowers for your garden that would bloom in the spring season and would carry on till summer.  
You can buy either already flowering potted plants or grow them yourself via seeds and soil.

Daffodils: Generally white or yellow coloured flower, would grow anywhere. This flower is a hassle-free grow and would bloom in any type of soil as long as it’s well-drained. They generally bloom by March and would go on all summer. 4-6 weeks of carefree flowering every spring. You can even experiment with the white coloured flower by putting coloured water in the soil and watch it bloom in different colours.

Daffodils

Carnations:  These attractive flowers are mostly used in the decoration of auspicious events or weddings because they give such a rich look. These are pretty expensive because of the same reason. You can find them in white, light red, dark red, pink, yellow and purple colour. The wide variety in terms of colour is always in splashes on petals, so you never find two carnation flowers looking exactly alike. The best time to plant them would be February.

Carnations

Sunflowers: Sunflowers are the most famous summer flower, hands down, because of its heavy yellow bloom that always follows the sun. Apart from being in such warm yellow shade, these flowers are edible so you can always pluck them for sunflower seeds or boil its petals for some refreshing sunflower tea. The blooming takes place around 90 days after planting seeds so you may want to embed some seeds in a pot right now. 

Sunflowers

Roses: Finally, we’re talking about our favourite flower which is comparatively easier to grow from any of these. You just need to cut a stem from a live plant, place it in wet soil of basically any type and voila! Red roses are the most common and easily seen in Indian households. Roses have a variety of colour range from white to black covering basically every primary colour like blue, red and yellow in between. You really do not miss on such low maintenance fragrant flower that would brighten up any environment instantly. 

Roses

Bougainvillaea: Nothing screams “Indian summer” like pink and white flowers of Bougainvillea. It can foster extreme heat of mid-June and would grow anywhere. That is why we see them mostly hanging from the walls gracefully or in bunches at a park. With such low maintenance and hassle-free management, it is an Indian household favourite. The plant requires to be watered twice a day and the flowers would never lose the charm. 

Bougainvillaea

Magnolia: This little flower has the most breathtaking bloom in the month of April. Its plant can grow in a full-fledged tree full of flowers if planted on Earth. Magnolia flowers may be either white, pink or purple and all three looks exquisite when they’re in full efflorescence. Although being such a small delicate flower, they require some fertilizer in the first three months of the plantation. If you’re an intermediate level of a gardener or you can do your research before planting something, these flower plants are the best for you.

Magnolia

8 unique gift items you can buy on a budget for the New Year

(And they do not harm the environment!) 

Since Christmas has just passed and burned a hole in our pockets, New Year’s Eve is a cherry on top of the cake. With all the festivals lined up, it is socially acceptable to spend a little more in heat of the moment and to regret it the next morning. Talking about heat, let’s not ignore the fact how tough it was to breathe post Diwali because of polluted air from all those crackers. So, just to balance it all, we took a resolution to go Eco-Friendly from 2019, can you? 
Here are some gift ideas that you need to buy for your loved ones (or yourself, because why the hell not?) instead of clichés. And hey, you can be a superhero and make your contribution towards saving the environment as well while being on a budget. 

1) Vegetable plant pot: If you’re getting this for someone who cooks or likes to eat organic, a vegetable plant would be a heaven and help on a lazy day when they’re out of some common veggie. It could be a Vegan’s boon as well. The easiest and most low maintenance vegetable plants to grow in pots are mentioned below: 

  • Tomatoes 
  • Chillies 
  • Lemon 
  • Spinach 
  • Cucumber 

2) Flowers in a pot: Bouquets are extremely common for people to gift, we’d also see a price hike around Valentine’s. So how about you find a flower for your dear one but instead of buying it on 14th Feb, you buy it right now and keep it alive till the event? That way you’d toss the price hike like a boss and your loved one could keep the flowers happy and blooming as a token of appreciation. 

3) Dried flowers or Potpourri: We’ve always wondered how our neighbours’ house smells like garden flowers with a twist of spices. That’s because they use potpourri, a mix of dried flowers and whole spices. An amazing way to keep your home swell right. Natural fragrance of potpourri’s can last from 2 months to upto one year. It depends on the quality of flowers and spices. They places it is used in and how it is use in. When you gift a potpourri to someone and if you are buying it for yourself, avoid placing them in direct sunlight to get the maximum out of their dried flowers. Smells good right?

4) Unprocessed honey: Buy it for people on diet or just people that don’t like their food processed. It is attained directly from the beehive and there’s a very less chance for it to contain added sugars. Processing the precious honey destroys most of the beneficial nutrients it has to offer. Raw honey is rich in antibacterial properties and is a heavy source of antioxidants which slows down the process of skin ageing.

5) Leaf Painting: We all fancy a little décor in our houses, but how about we switch from synthetic paints on a textured paper to organic dyes on a dried-up leaf? A bunch of painted leaves would give your house a really ethnic touch and they’re also very economical and beautiful. Don’t blame us if you feel you’re in an expensive holiday home located in the middle of some Jungle. You can either hang them on your walls for raw aesthetics or you can buy framed ones for a posh gift.

6) Solar light: This one is for a fellow traveller. Although phone torch does a wonderful job, sometimes it’s crucial to have a flashlight with you while travelling. So, if you are a traveller or you know a fellow traveller, then you need a solar light in your bag pack immediately before your next trip to tackle unforeseen circumstances. 

7) Herbal perfume/ essential oils: Everyone loves a good scent. By putting some fragrance on yourself, you’re 100% more appealing to people, given its subtle. There’s a reason why girls are attracted to guys in perfume ads and follow them, that reason is fiction. It never happens in real life but we humans do like nice smelling people. As tricky as it can be to find a perfume to gift and trickier to find one for yourself, you can never really go wrong with a natural scent or essential oil. 

8) Cruelty-free makeup: We all know how brutally makeup is tested on animals. So, if you like to apply make-up, go for the cruelty-free one. Animals are not harmed in the process of making it and you can wear it guilt free. Chances are, it’ll be a little more expensive but at least you won’t have innocent animal’s blood on your face. 

How far do you have to drive, to find a florist in any Indian city?

I want to start with asking you a question.
When was the last time you bought flowers for someone? I guess the most common answer would be never, it’s been a long time, don’t really remember, Valentine’s day or Mother’s day. Mostly in that order.
Gifting flowers is still not an in-thing in India – yet. We would rather spend hours on our phone, and do our research to find what should we gift our friends, family members or loved ones. More often than not, we would not consider flowers as a gift.

Businesses always try to meet the demands of the market. The Indian flower market is worth $230 million (INR 1600 Crores). Out of which Rs. 600 Crores accounts for the exports. And it is safe for us to assume that the domestic consumption of flowers in India is around Rs. 1000 Crores. But since most of the floral market is in the unorganised sector, we do not have enough data to prove this. Another data shows that the per capita consumption of flowers in India is much lower when compared to countries like Norway, which has to highest per capita consumption at $146, followed by Switzerland at $126 and Germany at $88.

Flowers have always been an integral part of Indian culture. But now, it is only limited to decors for grand celebrations like a wedding, parties and festivals. But people like you and me buying flowers for our personal use or gifting is a rare scene in Indian cities. Compare that to people living in developed countries likes the United States or Europe. And in countries like China, more than 90% per cent of the cut flowers produced are consumed within China. In India, we do not collect enough data to determine our flower consumption. Remember, this is a market that makes more than 1600 crores. And most of the trade happens in the unorganised sector.

Let’s look at major cities in India; New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai & Bengaluru and how many flower shops do we find when we drive across the streets of these metro cities? I’m sure everyone in India knows, “jo dikhta hai, woh bikta hai” (People buy what they see). But, we don’t see much investment in this regard. we hardly see florists across our city streets. And if they are not there, we can’t blame Indians of not buying natural fresh flowers as gifts. Former Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Sharad Pawar and Former Chief Minister of Delhi NCR, Smt. Sheila Dixit had voiced their opinion about setting up a state-of-the-art flower market in Delhi NCR with retail outlets. They had a vision to have quality flower shops across the city at important landmarks like, hospitals, Malls, Business Centres, Airports, etc. But it has been more than 10 years, but there is not required infrastructure set up for this cause. Former President of India, Shri. A.P.J. Abdul Kamal, in his speech while inaugurating the International Flora Expo 2006 in Delhi, had voiced his vision that floriculture should be a Billion dollar industry in India and should create a million jobs for Indians. Media Today, an organiser of Agro Exhibitions in India has been conducting International Flora Expo in India for a decade now, they bring the industry together and create a platform for people to network and grow their business opportunities. The next International Flora Expo will be held from 22nd – 24th February, 2019 in Pune.

In the end, I would like to close my argument by saying, that every one of us should make an attempt to go green and buy more and more natural product. And the government of the day should encourage small businesses to invest in horticulture, landscaping and floriculture so create favourable conditions for businesses like these flourish. 

Here’s a beautiful line to end with – She bought herself flowers for no darned good reason – except they were beautiful and she deserved more beauty in her life.

Why should you gift Natural flowers and potted plants instead of chocolates and other kind of sweets?

Every gift from a friend or a relative is a wish for your happiness. Similarly, when you give a gift to someone, it makes their day. Your gift, whatever it may be, makes them feel special. It is said that it is not the actual gift, but the thought that counts. And it may be true to some extent. Now, think about the last time you had to spend a few minutes in front of a computer or on your mobile phone to scan through hundreds of gift suggestions that showed up on your google search results. We always put in our thoughts and spend our time to decide the perfect gift for our friends and loved ones. Today, we would like to talk about those beautiful gifts that you received and the ones you have given to someone special.

We have been made to believe that chocolates the safest bet. I mean, who doesn’t like chocolates? Everyone does, right? The answer to that simple question is a big NO! Not everyone likes chocolates, candies or some other form of sweets. And definitely, you shouldn’t encourage this concept of gifting chocolates. So, what’s the alternative?

Traditionally, flowers are presented on occasions such as Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. In India, whenever you meet a Government official or high ranking officers, we always present them fresh flowers. When you’re not quite sure what to send a family member to congratulate him/her on a promotion, send flowers. When you need to bring a hostess gift but aren’t sure of the household tastes, stick with flowers. These are some of the most common perceptions we have. But, it’s time to change those perceptions about fresh flowers and potted plants.

The beauty of nature’s bounty brings comfort and warmth into an environment. Whether the flower recipient is celebrating an important day or celebrating an achievement, flowers boost morale and lift the moods of the parties. Flowers stand out among the many gifts and greetings. They last for days or weeks, reminding the recipient of your thoughtful consideration. Flowers aren’t as effective as acknowledging the emotional side of the event. Flowers are symbols of thoughtfulness, filling an emotional role in the scheme of the event. Sure, they are not permanent, as is not most of the gift that we send to our friends. But we should definitely switch to more eco-friendly gifts.

Fresh flowers and potted plants can be a perfect gift for any occasion even for men. There is another misconception that flowers can be only gifted to women. Flowers are an inexpensive way of bestowing your love and expressing emotions. And hence there is no such reason that flowers are solely reserved for women. When men send a woman flowers, it is to express their love and earnest emotions towards her, to brighten her day and make her smile. It is the thought that makes the difference! So, the next time you wish to surprise your special man or congratulate him, be it your Father, your brother, friend or lover, send him some flowers!

Here’s a cheat sheet with a kind of flowers that can be gifted to men.

  • Men prefer darker shades over pastel colours in bouquets.
  • Orchid’s bouquets white or purple, or Crimson Red Roses are often good flowers for guys.
  • You can also gift Anthurium bouquets a.k.a the Flamingo Flower, or Boy Flowers because of their distinctive shape and colour.
  • Birds of Paradise, also known as Crane flowers owing to their shape of a bird and striking colours, are a good choice for men as they have a strong appearance.
  • Bamboo plants are known to bring good fortune also form a nice present for men.

Finally, we would like to leave you with some important takeaways.

  • Flowers and potted plants are a beautiful, inexpensive and thoughtful gift for both men and women.
  • A bouquet of Colourful fresh flowers can be gifted to your brother/sister or a close friend, relative or your office colleague.
  • Chocolates and other sweets are unhealthy gifts, switch to eco-friendly gifts for your loved ones.

Flowers are a forever charm and therefore, there isn’t a need for a special occasion to gift flowers, but if you are really looking for a specific occasion then here are some: Anniversary, Birthdays, Achievements, Apologies, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Rakshabandhan or just as a reminder that you miss someone or care about them, send them flowers!

REAL vs. ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS

The Wedding is one of the most memorable days in anyone’s life. And one of the most important elements of any wedding is flowers. They are an integral part of the wedding decor. No one can imagine a wedding without flowers. Wedding flowers will be noticed and remembered by guests for years to come. Many bridal families look for an alternative to fresh flowers and opt for artificial or silk wedding flowers. Indian floral market is full of high-quality versions of silk flowers that look incredibly real. It completely relies on the personal choice of the bride, the bride’s family, and friends if they want to go for real fresh flowers or the fake ones.Most families have a common query “can we use artificial flowers in place of the real ones?” The answer from the event planners are very obvious; “yes” you can definitely use silk or artificial flowers in place of fresh ones for many reasons. There are numbers of reasons to select artificial wedding flowers over real fresh flowers. The most basic reason is durability as they don’t wilt and go for days without any dullness. It’s difficult to decide fake or real flower from a distant place so people choose as per their preferences and needs. In most cases, real fresh flowers are used up till 6 feet, and beyond that are all plastics flowers, mostly imported from China. Some reasons why plastic flowers are chosen, replacing fresh flowers in Indian wedding is the budget. Another factor is the availability of fresh flower as per the theme of the wedding.

PROS and CONS of fresh and fake wedding flowers:

Real wedding flowers appear much more attractive than the silk flowers. They are unique and authentic in looks and delicate to touch.

Let’s first look at the pros and cons of Real flowers.

PROS:

  • Well, real is real. There is no doubt what so ever, that nothing can be better than real fresh flowers as part of the wedding decor.
  • Real flowers are eco-friendly.
  • Most people think that real flowers are expensive. Well, that’s not true. Most of the times, it’s the arrangement that is expensive than the flower itself.
  • When you’re using real flowers in your wedding, they are picked just for you. Unlike the fake ones which are reused.

CONS:

  • The artificial flowers are comparatively lighter in weight.
  • The price of real flowers completely relies on the season.
  • Real Flowers are expensive during offseason.
  • Availability of flowers in a specific colour and size.

PROS and CONS of artificial/fake flowers:

PROS:

  • Cost effective.
  • Available in desired colour size and quality.
  • Can be used at multiple events
  • Available around the year (non-seasonal)

CONS:

  • Although artificial flowers may last longer than real flowers, they miss the beauty of the real ones.
  • Most artificial flowers simply don’t look real. Even from a distance, the fakeness of them is clear and that takes away from their attractiveness.
  • Since fake flowers are used at multiple events, dust that can collect on them over time and make them look even worse!
  • And most importantly, fake flowers send a wrong message.

One of the main reasons people choose fake/plastic flowers over real flowers is that they are cheap. They see fake flowers as being more cost-effective because they last longer and because they cost less. But the family, the bride and the groom do really spend a fortune for their wedding. And what they end up with is plastic flowers which were used for someone else’s wedding a week ago. And who is profiting in this deal? Unfortunately, that’s the worst message to be sending if you’re giving flowers as a gift. No one ever says, “I love you so much that I decided to find the least expensive present possible.” Or, at least, they shouldn’t say that.

When you talk about the cost, the difference between artificial and real flowers, then there may not be a huge gap. The costing directly depends on the arrangement of the flower. If the flowers are arranged by you, it will be cheaper but you will surely compromise in presentation, it’s best to go for a professional arrangement, but it will be costly. Always remember, it’s not only and always the flower you are investing in, but the professional expertise in arranging them.  Many of the experts play with either real or fake flowers but there are few who are master in playing with both together. If you are an over-possessive bride and needs to have everything real and unique, then you can go for real fresh flowers.

When it is about artificial flowers, you don’t need to think twice about seasons as it is easily available throughout the year. Use it and forget about it as it is highly durable so your decorations can last for years.This very quality of plastic flowers is harmful to the environment. As we all know plastic is one of the dangerous pollutants.Then there is an aspect that people don’t consider at all while selecting flowers for their wedding, be it real or plastic. Our farmers! Indian wedding market is a $50 billion (around 33,000 crores) market. And if we consider flowers as even 1 per cent of the total expense, it would be around 330 crores. We can help our farmers instead of spending it on fake flowers from China. Indian farmers are pushing the Govt. of India to increase the import duties of or ban the import of plastic/fake flowers. A letter from Brij Mohan Khaganwal, founder, Birju Phool Mandi App and association of flower growers and flower shop owners have written a letter to the Prime Minister of India in this matter.

We will like to end it with a quote from Mr. Jafar Naqvi, President, iFlora. As he puts it, even the most expensive plastic flower emits poisonous fumes and even the cheapest flower emits freshness. We rest our case.