The Flower Business in Malaysia
Speaking of the Malaysia flower industry, one might say that it is a quite young development compared to other agricultural uprisings that we have experienced. Starting as rather a hobby industry, the Malaysia flower industry today has grown into a very active commercial sector with the considerable growth, not only in the mid-Eighties. The flower market these days is made up of 3 key sectors, which are so called temperate flowers, orchids and other lowland flowers. Generally speaking, the area where cut flowers are grown in Malaysia is determined by the country's climate and the topography of the area. For examples, well known regions such as the Cameron Highlands are the main production areas of temperate flowers. On the other hand, some cut flowers adapt better to the hot and humid conditions found in the lowlands, where orchids tend to make up the largest share of the production.
Where flowers are grown today in Malaysia
The largest production areas for (temperate) cut flowers such as roses, chrysanthemum, or carnations, are in the Cameron Highlands in the state of Pahang, Gua Musang (Kelantan) and Ranau (Sabah). Orchids however are vastly grown in the lowlands such as of Johore Bahru and Kota Tinggi (both Johore), Batang Padang (Perak) and Petaling (Selangor). These are the biggest orchid production hubs, while smaller ones also exist in the other states of Malaysia.
Daisy Flower from Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Where to buy flowers in Malaysia
In Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street is certainly the place which is best known for its blooming flower trade. Go there to find a high density of both retail florists and wholesalers. These florist shops have been in business for many years, some of them since the early 1980s. Along with the increasing demand for Malaysia flowers from the growing middle class, even further wholesalers have opened shop to supply flowers and other plants to businesses and individual customers in KL.
Malaysian flowers in the future
Experts say that the Malaysia flower industry has bright prospects as a result of permanent growth coming from both the domestic and export markets, especially for cut flowers grown in this country.
Vase Arrangement, Composed of Orchid grown near Genting, Malaysia