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Scarce supply of mum's favourites

Saturday, 10th May, 2008

Angela Harvey Angela Harvey

The most popular Mother's Day gift, chrysanthemums, are in short supply in Broken Hill this year due to the mild weather.

Angela Harvey, from Picton Plants, said there was an extreme shortage of the brightly coloured blooms. 

"Chrysanthemums need really cold nights and sunny days to come out," she said."We haven't had enough cold nights, we've had fairly mild weather."

"Last year was our best year ever and this is probably our worst... We'll probably sell a third of what we did then."

Ms Harvey said in the first few days of the week before Mother's Day they would normally pick a few hundred bunches of Chrysanthemums but on Monday they only got 12. The past few days have seen things pick up but still nowhere near the normal amount.

Despite the shortage, the nursery has not raised the prices of their chrysanthemum boxes and bunches.

They said they would be picking right up until Mother's Day to try to meet demand, but could make no promises. 

Locals wanting to buy some are advised to get in early this morning.

"People will need to be here early to ensure they don't miss out," Ms Harvey said.

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