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Hurricane Irma impact floral industry

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TUCSON- The recent hurricanes have impacted the floral industry like never before.

That's according to Jim Stith of Sav On Flowers. He told News 4 Tucson, he's been in the business 60 years. "We’ve never seen disruption in service from both farm level to distribution, to receiving.  I was born in the flower business, my son Kalyn was born in the flower business, we've never seen anything like this before."

South America produces 70 percent of all the flowers sold in the United States. The product is flown from South American to Miami Florida, and then shipped to florists such as Sav On Flowers and Mayfield Florist in Tucson.

Sav On Flowers planned ahead, and once they knew the hurricane was headed towards Florida they quickly got on the ball and ordered the flowers they needed for upcoming weddings.

Kalyn Stith said, "That's the only way honestly that we can cover all the needs and to make sure the bride doesn't have her day ruined because of a natural disaster.”

Across town at Mayfield Florist, seven brides will also have the flowers of their dreams this weekend. Greg Coleman said, their vendors chartered a flight from Bogota to Los Angeles.  The flowers were then placed on a truck and delivered to Tucson on Monday.

The recent natural disasters have also been disastrous for the floral industry said Coleman.

"Earthquakes in Mexico, hurricanes in Houston and Florida, fires in the west from Washington state all the way through Oregon and to California it has disrupted the floral industry."

 So for now, the floral industry has its challenges. The product is there it's the shipping that's the thorn in their side.

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