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Pick­ing out the per­fect flower is no bed of roses when Valen­tine’s Day is around the cor­ner. Ex­pect ex­or­bi­tant prices. A stem of red rose, oth­er­wise priced be­tween `10 and `20, can even cost `250 on V-Day.

“A bunch of roses, of six to twelve flow­ers, is sold be­tween `700 and `1,400 around this time. Del­hi­ites don’t mind pay­ing ex­tra for their loved ones,” says Raju, a lo­cal ven­dor in Con­naught Place.

Prices vary with the area. The most ex­pen­sive roses are sold in Saket, fol­lowed by CP and then Kamla Mar­ket. Lo­cal ven­dors buy flow­ers from whole sale flower man­dis and sell them at sky-high prices. “I’ve even sold a red rose at `300. Pink, yel­low, or­ange and white roses are lesser-priced,” says Sameer, a florist at Saket.

As for Kamla Na­gar, the stu­dent adda, florist Man­ish Ku­mar says, “Bache ek gu­lab ke 100 ru­pee tak hi dete hai. (DU stu­dents don’t mind pay­ing up to `100 for a rose).

Not up for that? Head to whole­sale flower man­dis in Chat­tarpur and Ghazipur for easy-breezy prices like `5 a stem, and `60 for a bunch of twelve.


Ruchika Garg

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