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Farmers worried as peach blossoms bloom early in Hanoi’s warmth

Farmers worried as peach blossoms bloom early in Hanoi’s warmth

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 08:22 GMT+7
Farmers worried as peach blossoms bloom early in Hanoi’s warmth
Peach blossoms bloom in full in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre

Unseasonal warm weather in northern Vietnam has upset peach blossom growers in Hanoi as it makes the signature flower for the Lunar New Year holiday bloom early.

In northern Vietnam, the endearing pink peach blossom is the signal of spring, making peach bonsai trees popular as a traditional decoration for Lunar New Year, or Tet, which will fall on January 25 this year.

At Tay Ho District’s Nhat Tan and Phu Thuong wards – the two largest peach blossom-growing areas in Hanoi, local farmers are worried as their flowers have blossomed early due to unexpected sunny weather.

Le Xuan Tien, a 57-year-old peach blossom grower in Nhat Tan Ward, complained with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his plants are already in full bloom although it is still a week until Tet.

Peach blossoms bloom in full in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Peach blossoms bloom in full in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Peach blossoms bloom in full in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Peach blossoms bloom in full in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre

Tien said that his farm had planned to provide about 200 peach blossom trees to the market this Tet.

However, the early blooming means that the flowers cannot be put up for sale or rent, resulting in heavy losses.

“We will suffer from heavy losses as it costs millions [of Vietnamese dongs] to grow the flowers,” Tien said. (VND1 million = $43)

“It’s sad to not gain anything after a year of hard work."

Several peach blossom facilities started chopping off the plant branches on which the flowers had already bloomed on Thursday afternoon.

According to local growers, there is no solution to save the peach bonsai trees in warm weather.

Growers sell off early-blooming peach blossoms in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Growers sell off early-blooming peach blossoms in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Growers sell off early-blooming peach blossoms in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Growers sell off early-blooming peach blossoms in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Growers sell off early-blooming peach blossoms in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Growers sell off early-blooming peach blossoms in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
A woman chops off early-blooming peach blossom trees in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
A woman chops off early-blooming peach blossom trees in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Early-blooming peach blossom trees are chopped off in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre
Early-blooming peach blossom trees are chopped off in Nhat Tan Ward, Tay Ho District in Hanoi on January 16, 2020. Photo: Q.TH. / Tuoi Tre

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