From Bogota with Love: The Journey of Mother's Day Flowers [Infographic]

May 11, 2017


Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you haven’t gone to the store to buy some flowers then what are you doing reading a packaging blog? Get out there and get some flowers for a special mother in your life! But before you do, did you ever think about how those flowers got to the store? It’s actually quite an interesting process, and it’s full of packaging ingenuity.

After all, flowers are fragile living plants that need sunlight, water, and nutrients to grow and begin to die the second they are cut from their roots. So the trip from one country’s 17,500 acres of greenhouses to your home must be quick.

The first thing you need to know is that many flowers we get in America come from Columbia. In fact, after The Netherlands, Columbia is the second largest flower exporter in the world. It must have something to do with the good growing climate that exists 365 days a year.

Flowers grow quite well in Columbia, but how do they get here looking fresh and ready for buying? The answer lies in how they are shipped. And that is right up our alley, so let’s explore info and insights from UPS!

It only takes a couple of days for flowers to get from Columbia to your local florist. Since they are kept in optimum chilled conditions, they will be ready to last another week once you take them home—assuming they are packaged safely for the journey. That’s where Ernest comes in: expert, temperature-controlled packaging for even the most delicate of flowers.

So when you buy a bouquet of carnations or chrysanthemums for Mother’s Day remember that if it weren’t for cold-chain logistics, you would be bringing mom wilted flowers. And that is no way to treat your mother! Give us a call if you’re ready for custom designed packages that you could really take home to ma’.