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article imageNurseries and Garden Centres May Soon Raise Prices

By Bob Ewing     Jun 3, 2008 in Business
The rising cost of oil is not only affecting food and gas prices but plant centres and nurseries are feeling the pinch too and may soon have to increase plant prices.
If you are looking to buy some more bedding plants, a few perennials or an ornamental shrub, you may want to do it soo.
Gas stations and grocery stores are not the only places that are being affected by the increase cost of oil; plant nurseries and garden centres are experiencing cost increases as well.
The nurseries have not yet passed along the rise in the cost of doing business to their customers but it is only a matter of time, before they do.
"Fuel affects every operation we do, from delivery to running our equipment in the fields to harvesting our trees," said Wilbert Ronald, owner of Jeffries Nurseries near Portage la Prairie, Man., which ships perennials, trees and shrubs all over Canada and the northern United States.
"We use propane in a smaller way, gasoline in a significant way, and diesel in a significant way. And everything is up," he said.
For example. diesel has increased nearly 50 per cent over the past year and the companies that bring him supplies are adding fuel surcharges. The plastic pots many plants are kept in is also rising.
"They're all petroleum-based. They've taken a 25 per cent jump," he said.
Ken Land is the owner of St. Mary's Nursery in Winnipeg and Land observes that the fuel surcharge on his last shipment from the U.S. was 40 per cent higher than a year ago. The price on everything that is shipped, from soil to landscaping materials, has risen.
"[As] gas continues to rise, then the companies are going to be forced to pass on their increases to the consumer," he said.
Avid gardeners may not have noticed higher prices yet.
Many garden centres and landscaping companies have already set their prices for the season and are absorbing the higher costs now, Ronald said.
However, he expects prices to increase in the fall, or by next spring at the latest.
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