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Ho Chi Minh City residents spend big on Valentine’s Day flowers

Ho Chi Minh City residents spend big on Valentine’s Day flowers

Monday, February 14, 2022, 12:34 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City residents spend big on Valentine’s Day flowers
A bouquet of imported roses sells for VND10 million ($440) in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

Many people in Ho Chi Minh City were not hesitant to spend big money on unique imported flowers to show affection for their other half on Valentine’s Day.

Despite the high prices, imported Valentine’s Day flowers with one-of-a-kind colors and designs have still attracted a lot of buyers this year.

At a premium flower shop in District 1, more than 50 percent of the orders this Valentine's Day cost approximately VND10 million (US$440) each.

A Valentine’s Day flower bouquet sells for VND8 million ($350) in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A Valentine’s Day flower bouquet sells for VND8 million ($350) in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

“Many of our flowers are expensive because they were imported from Ecuador,” the store manager said.

“Most customers placed their orders via our Facebook page, while some wanted their gifts to be custom-made.”

The shop received a special order worth nearly VND50 million ($2,200) a few days ago, the manager added.

Valentine’s Day flowers are sold at Ho Thi Ky flower market in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

Valentine’s Day flowers are sold at the Ho Thi Ky flower market in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

At the Ho Thi Ky flower market in District 10, many shops also offer higher-end products for at least VND1 million ($44).

Customized bouquets cost about VND2-3 million ($88-132).

Although red roses remain the most popular choice, roses of other colors such as blue, orange, and bronze also sell well thanks to their uniqueness.

A heart-shaped flower bouquet is attached to a box of chocolate. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A heart-shaped flower bouquet is attached to a box of chocolate. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

Bouquets made of banknotes are a good alternative for those who prefer a less conventional gift.

Each bouquet costs about VND5-20 million ($220-880), according to a seller.

At a store in District 1, a special type of Ecuadorian rose that has the word ‘love’ sophisticatedly printed on its petals is offered at VND200,000 ($8.8) apiece.

Customers often buy a bouquet of at least 10 roses of this type, according to the store manager.

A blue rose imported from Ecuador. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A blue rose imported from Ecuador. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A rose is carefully stored at a shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A rose is carefully stored at a shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

Toffee roses stand out with their unique color. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

Toffee roses stand out with their unique color. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A bouquet of roses with multiple colors. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A bouquet of roses with multiple colors. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A Valentine’s Day bouquet made off banknotes in this supplied photo. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

A Valentine’s Day bouquet made of banknotes. Photo: Vien Vy / Tuoi Tre

Ecuadorian roses with the word ‘love’ printed on their petals are sold at a shop in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Ecuadorian roses with the word ‘love’ printed on their petals are sold at a shop in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Ecuadorian roses with the word ‘love’ printed on their petals are sold at a shop in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

Ecuadorian roses with the word ‘love’ printed on their petals are sold at a shop in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre

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