The Dindigul wholesale market, one of the biggest markets in South Tamil Nadu, supplies several tonnes of flowers to Coimbatore, Thanjavur, Vellore, Chennai and Kerala, which is a major buyer from the market during the Onam Season.
Despite good arrivals, the increasing demand has pushed up the flowers prices, traders said.
The market received around 10 tonnes of flowers for the past one week and 50 percent of them were sent to Kerala.
Some of the varietes in great demand in Kerala are Mary Gold, Vadamalli, and Tulasi, said Kennedy, a trader in the Dindigul Flower Market.
Prices of Vadamalli have shot up to Rs 80 from Rs 20 per kg last week, and that of Marigold rose to Rs 120 from Rs 20 per kg.
Prices of other flowers too has been soaring high in the market for the last one week.
On saturday, two tonnes of Vadamalli and Mary gold arrived in the market.
While Jasmine is being sold at Rs 500 per kg, Mullai costs Rs 300 per kg, Sampanki at Rs 350, Jaathimalli Rs 120, Button rose at Rs 100 and rose varieties at Rs 60 per Kg, said Baskar, a member of the Dindigul flower traders’ association told PTI.
Flower prices are expected to rise by 30 to 40 percent in the coming days, he said.
Nilakottai, Reddiyarchatram, A. Vellodu, Vadamadurai, Sempatti, Perumalkovilpatti, Panjampatti, Kodai road, Sendurai, Ambathurai, Athur are the major flower producing centres in Dindigul district.