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Market Report Friday 10th December 2010

December 10 2010

Where do I start…….

Christmas is here! Only 15 days until Santa hits town. On the flower front the humid warm victorian weather has produced excellent growing conditions for undercover cut flowers.  The market was full of a wide range of products.

Christmas Lilies

Our Christmas lilies come from two growers.  Our premiums from Feingold flowers in Keysborough who are producing for the first year out of their state of the art new hothouses.  They grow the  “White heaven” variety.  These bulbs are sourced directly from holland and are the best vareity of Christmas lilies available.  They have a superior flower shape, head size and last longer than other more common varaties of christmas lillies.  The common varaties which you find for sale in supermarkets and fruit shops are the white fox.   These are simply no where near as good.  Stems is the only Ballarat stockist of Feingolds “white Heaven” christmas lilies.  So don’t be dissapointed and spoil the finishing touches to your perfect christmas.  Make sure you get the best from stems.

Our short christmas lilies are being grown by Santospirito flowers at Torquay.  Anthony is happy with the finishing product.  They have just started to pick their crops which are grown outdoors.  The very frequent rain has resulted in some leaf discolouration but the flowers themselves are fine.

Final lily pricing is not exactly known at this stage as we will have to wait until early next week to see how production levels are coming in.

We have just received word from Jason at Wafex that he has manged to source some premium green cymbidium orchids out of Holland for us at tomorrows market.  Local production ceased about eight weeks ago so cymbids have been very scarce since then.  A single stem would make an excellent thankyou present for an end of year teacher present or would be equally suited to adding the final christmas decoration for home.

Roses, carnations, green trick, Victoria gladdies and Lissianthus are all in premium quality and supply at the moment.

We also have in store an excellent range of potted gifts including lovely gift potted philanopsis orchids. For a gift for someone that has everything or your just totally confused about what to get them maybe a Stems gift voucher is what they would like.  Gift vouchers are valid for twelve months and can be made to any dollar value.


If you would like to order your christmas cut flowers online we are having a free delivery day on Wednesday 22nd of December between 9a.m and 7 p.m.

We will put the shopping cart page up in the next day or two and you will be able to select from our christmas range of cut flowers.  They can be delivered to you any time for our usual courier fee or if you choose to get them on Wednesday 22nd (which we think is the perfect time for christmas day) we will deliver them to your day for FREE. Yes Free and if your not home we will leave them in water at your front door.  We can only do this for orders placed online not via phone or instore because we will be sending the vans out directly form the farm in Daylesford road.  We hope that this will make the joblist for Christmas a little easier.