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Valentine's Day Idea: Cut flowers
Jan 13, 2012
In a few weeks from now, Filipinos will once again be trooping to malls and flower shops looking for that perfect gift to give their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, as the occasion has long transcended from being exclusively for lovers alone. To help you make the most out of this highly entrepreneurial occasion, Entrepreneur.com.ph will be giving weekly suggestions on what sideline businesses you can do for this special day.
Cut flowers are fresh blooms separated from their stems to make bouquets and other flower arrangements. Very few people cultivate blooms for cut flowers despite the huge demand, and it’s the reason the cut flower business is considered a sunrise industry.
Now that it's the Valentine season, there is no better time to dabble in the cut flower business than today!
Interested? You’ll need to register with the Bureau of Plant Industry to if you plan to import ornamental plants. Most growers are based in Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Baguio, Davao, Cotabato, Cebu, and Iloilo, but a 500-square-meter farm is good enough to start if it’s in an area with good climate and ample space for flowerbeds or a greenhouse, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Research. You must also consider your farm’s distance from your intended market, and if you’ll need to buy a vehicle or two to transport your flowers.
If you don’t have enough money to grow flowers, you may start retailing them like Bella Odoño did after quitting her job at a multinational company in 1992. She needed only P300 to start selling roses and mums or chrysanthemums to grade-school students of San Isidro Catholic School in front of her house. And in 2001 she partnered with a cousin to set up a stall near the Dangwa bus terminal in Sampaloc, Manila, and used P16,000 to buy ribbons, plastic, and other accessories to offer floral arrangement and sell cut flowers that she’d bought on credit. With 50 dozen mums, Odoño’s Biboy’s Flower Shop opened for business on All Soul’s Day. The business took off quickly.
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