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January 28, 1989 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-28

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new varieties are currently on the
scene. Delicate freesias (some 12
varieties) are also available from
Holland year around.
Liatris (long, thin spikes) is
another flower that has appeared on
the market thanks to the Dutch, who
have developed usable sizes ranging
from 18 inches to three feet. (Native
varieties grow about five feet high and
are difficult to use.) Wonderful calla
lilies in yellow as well as the standard
white are appearing from Holland as
well as from Australia.
American wholesalers can buy
flowers at the Aalsmeer auction in The
Netherlands at 3 to 4 a.m. Holland
time. Purchases are readied for
shipment and put on planes by 8 or
9 a.m., arriving in the United States
(New York or Chicago) by that
Carnations are now mostly pro-
duced in South America. This
industry originally started in Boston,
Mass., then moved to Colorado. Now,
Bogota, Colombia, is the major source
because temperatures are constant
year around and labor costs are
One of the largest producers and
hybridizers of miniature carnations is
Israel. Crops might be shipped
directly to the United States or go
through Aalsmeer. At least 15 varieties
are available.
Gerberas (large, daisy-like
flowers) are popular, and appear in
many bouquets. California and
Florida, which was the gladiola capital
of the world before these flowers
declined in popularity, produce and
hybridize gerberas.
"In spite of all this, there's still a
demand for 'seasonal' flowers because
that's what people are used to," says
jack Smith, president-elect of the
American Institute of Floral Designers
and owner of French's Flowers and
Gifts, Inc. in Livonia.
Smith reports that traditional
weddings, which started coming back
about three years ago, continue to gain
in popularity. "Kids used to come in
and say they were being married in the
park or at the beach and they'd simply

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