Limited supply means increasing prices.
PAM CLASSEY: We're not able to get exactly what we would like. We're not able to give the customer exactly what they're looking for, although we are trying our very hardest.
TIM PULLIAM: Flower designers at Fallon's Flowers in Raleigh are hard at work making floral arrangements with limited supply. The global pandemic, once again, creating challenges.
PAM CLASSEY: A lot of our flowers do come from Mexico. Mexico is now having a severe COVID problem, but they've also had a lot of weather challenges.
TIM PULLIAM: Flowers are a $7 billion industry, according to research firm IBISWorld. Limited supply means increasing prices. A dozen roses normally costs $55 at Fallon's. Manager Pam Classey says customers this year are paying $10 more.
PAM CLASSEY: It's tough.
TIM PULLIAM: Plant shops seem to be doing better.
Here in downtown Raleigh, we're at Zen Succulent. And the owner tells me, they're not facing any shortages. In fact, the hot item this Mother's Day weekend is a blooming plant.
And then there's local flower growers. Shoomee's Flower in the Sandhills. I asked the owners are they facing a shortage?
SHOUA HER: Right now, we are not, because we grow our own flowers, but we are facing a high demand.
TIM PULLIAM: Shoua and [? Nisa ?] Her say the shortages elsewhere are forcing them to work even harder. Wholesalers requesting to buy flowers in bulk, when the couple and their family typically just grow enough to sell at the state farmer's market.
Right now, Shoomee's is not raising prices. So be open to alternative floral arrangements for mom, as businesses juggle supply and demand. Tim Pulliam, ABC 11, Eyewitness News.