Flower merchants across China are already preparing for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year as shoppers begin to look for the perfect bunch to decorate their homes.
A large flower market in Taiyuan in north China's Shanxi Province is dotted with a rich array of blossoming flowers, making it a colorful garden in the heart of the city.
"Many blooming festive flowers have been prepared, including laceleafs, moth orchids and bromeliads," said Niu Jinguo, one of the flower merchants.
Chinese people often call flowers sold around the country's Spring Festival time 'New Year flowers.' These flowers are usually striking and have auspicious colors, such as purple and red.
Symbolizing good luck and fortune, the moth orchid, so named because of its moth-shaped appearance, is one of the most popular flowers of the period among consumers.
Over 300,000 orchids were planted in Jingyang Township in east China's Fujian Province, and most of them have already been pre-ordered by wholesalers and customers keen to welcome the lucky flowers into their homes.
"Today, I also placed an order for around 200 pots. There have been so many varieties of flowers available in recent years," said Zhou Zhiqing, a moth orchid wholesaler.
Chen Fang, the head of a local moth orchid planting base, also reported that flower prices are picking up owing to the robust demand.
"The prices of common breeds are expected to increase by about 5 percent. For rare breeds, the price hikes exceeded 10 percent," she said.