BENGALURU: Get ready to pay more for flowers. With Varamahalakshmi festival falling on Friday, prices of flowers in the city have increased by almost 10 times than the usual due to the increase in demand.
Flower vendors at the city market said that the price of Jasmine (Mallige), which is in more demand during this festival, has crossed Rs 500 per kilo on Wednesday. They added that it may even cross Rs 800 per kilo on the festival day.
“Normally mallige is sold for Rs 65-Rs 70 per kilo. This time the festival fever started from Monday itself and the rates are going up everyday,” a vendor at KR market said.
Not just jasmine, even the price of khakada, rose, sevantige and button flowers have increased. “Till Monday rose was around Rs 20 per kilo which is the normal market price. But now, following the demand, it has reached Rs 75 per kilo,” another shop owner at KR Market said
However, these are wholesale price. It will be a little more expensive at retail sellers in small outlets. “We have inquired with shops in our area and decided to come to KR market,” Padma, a home maker from Rajarajeshwari Nagar said.
According to flower merchants major suppliers of flowers to Bengaluru are Hassan, Chikkballapur and Chitradurga districts.