a woman standing next to a vase of flowers on a table: Buds of May: Florist Rosalinda, 19, at Rose Florist, Subang Jaya busy finishing hand bouquets for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations. © Provided by The Star Online Buds of May: Florist Rosalinda, 19, at Rose Florist, Subang Jaya busy finishing hand bouquets for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations.

JOHOR BARU: Mothers Day is driving the demand for flowers, especially from Malaysians stranded in Singapore.

Florist Jun Lim, 33, who owns three flower shops in Johor Baru, said they had been operating online and making home deliveries during the movement control order (MCO) period.

“But we refrained from promoting Mothers Day too much as we were unsure we would have enough supply.

“We only started promoting flower sales for Mothers Day when we got to open our shop on Monday following relaxation of the MCO, ” she said, adding that orders had been coming in non-stop since then.

She said a large number of orders were from Malaysians stranded across the Causeway and unable to return to Johor Baru for Mothers Day.

“We did not get many walk-in customers at our shops and the majority of the orders we received were made online, ” she added.

Lim said part of the reason for the lower flower supply this year was because some local flower farmers had opted to grow vegetables during the MCO.

“Some of the local farmers who used to produce flowers for our suppliers had shifted to planting vegetables, as the demand for flowers was really low at the time.

She also said that there was a delay in the delivery of flowers from her supplier in Kuala Lumpur due to the MCO.

Flower supply company manager Ng Kok Tah, 44, said they had not expected the large demand for flowers for Mothers Day due to the MCO.

“We made smaller orders from local farmers, as well as overseas suppliers, this year as we were not expecting much sales.

“By the time the conditional MCO was announced, it was too late for us to make extra orders, ” he said.

Ng, whose company supplies flowers to some 600 shops in the state, said they had already sold all their flowers on Friday.

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