While air­planes have start­ed to fly again into and out of north­ern Euro­pean air­space today, the flo­ral indus­try has been great­ly affect­ed by delays in ship­ments of flow­ers. Like most mod­ern indus­try, the flower busi­ness is a glob­al one and relies heav­i­ly on air trans­porta­tion to ship its frag­ile cargo.

In Kenya, 20% of all exports are fresh flow­ers and 97% of that trade is shipped to the Euro­pean Union. Experts say that the Kenyan flo­ral grow­ing indus­try has been los­ing up to $2 mil­lion per day since the vol­cano in Ice­land has been pre­vent­ing flights into the UK, France and oth­er coun­tries of Europe.

We are lucky in the Unit­ed States to be com­ing into the spring grow­ing sea­son and have access to fresh cut flow­ers from Cal­i­for­nia, Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton and Cana­da. Most of our import­ed flow­ers arrive from South Amer­i­ca and New Zealand so we should not be too affect­ed by the cur­rent cri­sis.  Some flow­ers, like peonies, tulips and oth­er bulb flow­ers that come from The Nether­lands will be affect­ed. If you are plan­ning an upcom­ing event like a wed­ding or par­ty and were count­ing on get­ting some import­ed flow­ers, be sure to call your sup­pli­er now. Ask where your flow­ers are com­ing from so you can be pre­pared to make sub­sti­tutes to your flo­ral plan if you need to so.