By: Jahangeer Ganaie
Srinagar: With the onset of spring in Kashmir, sale of flower saplings has increased as people are increasingly picking up gardening and decorating lawns with multiple varieties of plants.
From the beginning of this month, people have been thronging nurseries and shops to buy flower saplings and seasonal plants. Eventually, it has boosted sales of vendors’ selling multiple varieties of plants and saplings.
Vendors said that people are mainly buying flower seedlings such as Pansy, Flocks, Enterum, Gayana. Besides, vegetable saplings are in high demand.
Mohammad Akbar, a flower vendor from south Kashmir said that the demand for flower saplings has gone up with the improvement in weather in the last two weeks.
“We pray the weather remains sunny in the coming days so that we continue with our business,” he said. His worry is that inclement weather might spoil their sales as it affects sowing.
Mohammad Yousuf, a nursery owner said that besides catering to local demand, many nurseries in Kashmir are now exporting flowers and saplings to other states.
He said that the Floriculture department is helping farmers to introduce new techniques for developing hybrid crops—(KNO)