Flower markets in Ho Chi Minh City are gearing up for the upcoming Tet holiday, which will arrive in two weeks, with flowers transported from other regions to the southern hub for sale at prices ranging from VND70,000 (US$3.30) to VND100 million ($4,800).
Decorating houses with flowers has long been a custom for Vietnamese to celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese term for the Lunar New Year, in which hoa dao (peach blossom) are commonly displayed in the northern region while hoa mai (yellow apricot blossom) represent southern culture.
Other plants that Vietnamese often choose to decorate their home during Tet include kumquat, yellow daisy, chrysanthemum, chrysanthemum morifolium, celosia, moth orchid and bonsais.
The peach blossom flowers are transported from northern localities like Hanoi, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, and Hai Duong Provinces to the southern city.
Other plants are mostly grown in Mekong Delta provinces and the Central Highlands city of Da Lat.
Tet falls on February 19 this year, with festive preparations beginning around one week before the date and the celebratory atmosphere lingering another week after that.
A pair of plumeria trees priced at VND15 million ($700) are displayed on Pham Van Dong Street, Thu Duc District.
A flower grower removes leaves from a yellow apricot blossom tree, which is priced around VND100 million ($4,800), to provide for companies and agencies.
Small pots of yellow apricot blossom trees, which are priced from VND500,000 ($24) to VND600,000 ($28), have had their leaves trimmed early by flower growers in Ho Chi Minh City to provide for the northern market.
Many flower growers are now rushing to bring their yellow apricot blossom trees to the street for sale.