spring flowers are in full bloom in Korea.
And spreading that beauty around the world,... local flower breeders are busy shipping some of the best quality breeds overseas.
Cho Sung-min reports.
These flowers grown at a farm in Gyeonggi-do Province, not far from Seoul,... are of three varieties called Snow Dream, Charming Star, and Perky Star.
They are chrsyanthemums bred domestically, and are some of South Korea's most popular flowers.
The farm owner says his products are selling well domestically, but are also becoming more popular among foreign buyers.
"My flowers contribute to protecting the local flower market, while making me happy financially with rising exports. Things just can't get better than this."
This is a rose farm located in another part of the province.
Because royalties for foreign seeds are expensive, it's been growing only Korean roses for the last ten years.
The owner says there were setbacks at first due to the flowers' inferior quality, but that's no longer a problem.
"The quality of flowers we grow has improved dramatically. Both the sellers and buyers are satisfied."
If someone had told these farmers a decade ago that they would soon be producing flowers of this quality, they wouldn't have believed it.
But thanks to investment and effort from the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services,... the province produced its own rose and chrsyanthemum seeds, which now make up the biggest portion of Korea's flower and flower seed exports.
By promoting their products' superior qualities, researchers say they plan to focus on raising their domestic market share, which has already seen grown substantially to surpass 32 percent.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.