What not to grow

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Country Smile -

The ma­jor flo­ral crops in NZ in­clude roses, chrysan­the­mums, ger­beras, tulip, gyp­sophilia, lilies and car­na­tions.

“There are a num­ber of the ma­jor va­ri­eties of flow­ers that are grown on a very large scale and also are im­ported into New Zealand from third coun­tries, often where they have a more eco­nom­i­cal pro­duc­tion sce­nario such as lower wages and maybe less re­quire­ments in var­i­ous other ways,” says Chris Smel­lie. “Roses, lilies, ger­beras, prob­a­bly al­stroe­me­rias, chrysan­the­mums, and so on. To be in in­volved in pro­duc­tion of any of those, you are im­me­di­ately faced with a very large cap­i­tal cost and a highly tech­ni­cal process.”

He­len John­son can tell you of some sober­ing com­par­isons.

“Some roses used to come into New Zealand at $1 per stem, which is fine, but New Zealand roses cost about $2 to $2.50 per stem. Which ones are the flower mer­chants or florists go­ing to sell? Our costs of pro­duc­ing a plant are very dif­fer­ent to what they can pro­duce in In­dia or China, for ex­am­ple.”

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