As we’ve reported in
the last few years, cut flowers, both domestic and imported, are
being tracked and counted differently than they have been in the
past, partly due to homeland security issues. Nevertheless, we
can use the numbers as guides to gain some insight into the
current state of cut flower production in America.
specialty crops lead
Despite some of the
issues with counting our cut flower crops, we can safely say
that the bulk of America’s floriculture product, which includes
cut flowers, cut cultivated greens, flowering potted plants,
foliage plants, bedding/garden plants and herbaceous perennials,
is grown in California and Florida. Growers in the Golden State
are the primary producers of fresh-cut flowers, accounting for
approximately 78 percent of total U.S.-grown floriculture crops.
Domestic production is tracked via an annual survey
conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS), which polls growers in the 15 largest
floriculture-producing states whose sales exceed $10,000
although some of the data are reported only from growers whose
sales exceed $100,000. These data suggest that cut flower
production remained relatively stable from 2007 to 2008, with
only modest decreases in most crops—and even some increases.
Domestically, tulips, Gerberas and lilies top the
chart (above right), and it’s clear that bulb flowers and
other specialty crops, such as snapdragons and Delphiniums,
are some of our growers’ strongest supplies.
Reach Senior Editor Shelley Urban at
email@example.com or (800) 355-8086.