Mother's Day Flowers Expected to Cost More This Year

May 8, 2011 Updated May 8, 2011 at 9:29 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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May 8, 2011 Updated May 8, 2011 at 9:29 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Mothers everywhere will be honored with Sunday brunch and flowers.

This year's Mother's Day bouquet is expected to cost more this year. Blame high gas prices for the increase, which could be as much as 20 to 30 cents per flower, according to florists.

Maureen Bartley, owner of Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market in downtown Buffalo, said her suppliers have increased their fuel surcharges recently, but she is absorbing the additional cost, for now, and keeping delivery charges flat.

"It might be that we add maybe one less flower or something like that," Bartley said.

Mother's Day is the busiest holiday for the flower industry and accounts for ten percent of the annual U.S. cut flower business.