National flower shortages make Mother's Day floral arrangements costly

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. National flower shortages make Mother's Day floral arrangements a little more costly this year.

Flowers are often the go-to gift husbands, fathers, and children for the special women in their lives, but her favorite flower may be a little hard to find this Mother's Day.

Florists that rely on international and out-of-state wholesalers for their product are the hardest hit by shortage.

Carnations, lilies, and roses are at the top of the shortage list.

“We go through our suppliers and pre-book what we need and so if they find that there's a flower that there's flower that they're not going to be able to get or we have to substitute a flower they let us know,” says Lori Ellis of Johnson’s House of Flowers.

Western Slope shops like Johnson's House of Flowers try to avoid raising their prices and avoiding shortages by purchasing their flowers from local wholesalers.

This year, they completely sold of out are pink roses, but have plenty of the lilies and carnations which are hard to come by in many parts of the country.

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