Greenhouses in Columbia have seen sales surge since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Columbia Missourian reports.
Greenhouses and nurseries were deemed essential business, so they remained open while many other businesses were closed.
Sales were up an estimated 30% at Superior Garden Center. Strawberry Hills Farm had to close for the season 15 days early because it sold out of plants.
Some customers say they turned to gardening to ease some of the stress caused by COVID-19.
Worries about food shortages during the pandemic have led other people to grow their own produce, experts say. If initial efforts are successful, experts expect these new gardeners will continue to grow their own food in the future.