Posted by: HortAlaska | April 29, 2013

U.S. statistics 2012

The statistics for the floriculture industry in the U.S. have been published. USDA only surveys businesses whose sales are over $100,000. It is not surprising, then to see the decline in cut flowers and cut greens. During the past year, the U.S. Government made permanent its free trade agreement with countries such as Colombia which have taken over the trade in the “big three”- roses, carnations and chrysanthemums and are dominant in many other cut flowers. They are also dabbling in peonies, and those are the not-so-gorgeous flowers that show up in Freddies in June. If you attend meetings of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, you also realized that the bulk of the businesses outside California are small, often family or one-person businesses, most of which will never make the $100,000 cutoff.

Wholesale crop value is up 1.1% to $4.126 billion.
– Total bedding/garden plant sales are up 3.1% to $1.995 billion*
– Foliage plants, up 4.6%, now the second largest floriculture segment
– Potted flowering plants are down 3.5%
– Domestically produced cuts are down 4.7%
– Domestically produced cut greens are down 1.5%
– Propagative material is up 3.0%

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