General manager of Brisbane's Redlands Farms, Jatinder Nijjar, told ABC that Queensland's flower industry had shrunk from 200 growers to just 10 because of cheap overseas imports.
"But now, because of this pandemic, and the change in supply and demand, Australians are going direct to local growers again," he said. "I am going to be putting in more roses to meet the demand over the next six months and I am looking to plant around 15,000 [rose bushes].
"People are wanting more and more local products. People are loving local products and they're wanting to support their local grower," he said.
The growth of local production comes as a welcome boost to florists who were frequently selling out of stock and struggling to keep up with demand at a time when more Australians are buying flowers for loved ones during uncertain and stressful times, ABC added.