© 2024 WXPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Blooms and Bouquets in Short Supply This Mother's Day


Toilet paper. Yeast. Bikes.  

The latest pandemic shortage? Flowers.

Mother’s Day bouquets are the latest hot commodity to join the lengthening list of COVID-19 induced shortages.

The effects of this shortage can be felt all the way in the Northwoods.

Ruth Hempel is the owner of Forth Floral in Rhinelander.

“I haven’t been able to get things as easily as other years,” Ruth Hempel, the owner of Forth Floral in Rhinelander, said. “Yeah, there is a cut flower shortage this year.”

Hempel said plants like eucalyptus, carnations and roses are all harder to come by this year.


“Part of it goes back to COVID,” Hempel said. “Because there was a lot of uncertainty in the market last spring, some growers didn’t keep up their crops, or they didn’t plant or they had worker shortages. With flowers you have to plant months and months ahead for a crop, so things that happened last summer can be affecting what’s happening now in the market.”

Transportation issues have also impacted flower supply. Lots of cut flowers come from South America, and now there aren’t as many planes flying back and forth between the two continents.

On top of that, bad weather events have impacted growing seasons too.

“It’s a three-fold whammy,” Hempel said.

Still, she said she feels fortunate her business is doing well, partly because Forth Floral is able to grow some of its own cut flowers.

“Hopefully we’ll be making a lot of mothers happy,” she said.

Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
Up North Updates
* indicates required
Related Content