There is a low supply of Red Naomi, a top red rose variety from Holland. This is according to the Head of roses at F. Optimal Connection, Mr Ishai Sharon. He also says that although the market has shown some considerable improvement, colours are still low in price. Ishai notes that there is a high demand for reds and whites because of the festive season.
The cold weather and surging eastwinds over the past few weeks, preceding high temperatures in September and October have caused low production by the local Dutch growers.
Rhodos, which is Kenya's main red, maintained its numbers in quantity because of of well thought out marketing by the rhodos growers to cover the festive season and the period running up to Valentine’s Day. Even though the supply of Rhodos is increasing, the prices are very stable and quite huge quantities are also being sold in the direct market.
According to Ishai, the weather in Europe is tolerable and is expected to remain same up until the Christmas Holidays. However, he is quick to add that there were some problems faced with freight capacity and offloading. This caused delays as well as supply and quality problems.