The total 2011 wholesale value of floriculture crops for North Carolina producers with $10,000 or more in sales is estimated at $250.5 million. North Carolina floriculture sales ranked 5th in the nation, behind California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.
Bedding and Garden plants accounted for $142.5 million of the overall sales in 2011. Potted bedding plants sales totaled $57 million. Flowering hanging basket sales were at $34.9 million. Flats of bedding plants totaled $50.6 million.
Potted flowering plants accounted for $35.9 million of the total wholesale value. Poinsettia sales at $17.6 million were generated from 4.4 million pots of all sizes. Potted florist chrysanthemum value of sales was at $1.6 million from 317 thousand pots in 2011.
Herbaceous perennial plants accounted for $41.5 million of the total value. Potted hardy/garden chrysanthemums generated a wholesale value of $21.2 million generated from 8.3 million pots of all sizes. Sales of other herbaceous perennials, including hostas, were at $20.4 million.
In 2011, North Carolina greenhouses produced approximately 4.4 million poinsettia pots that generated $17.6 million dollars in wholesale value from this winter holiday season staple. North Carolina ranked second in the nation in poinsettia production.
*USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Carolina Field Office, News Release, “Selected North Carolina Floriculture Crop Values Up” USDA, June 5, 2012.
The North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers Association was started in 1957 and has served the needs of growers for over 50 years. The Association ranks as one of the leading floriculture organizations in the nation and has much to offer growers of all sizes through educational, legislative, and floriculture research and scholarship activities.
For information contact:
NC Commercial Flower Growers' Association
PO Box 58220
Raleigh, NC 27658
Phone: (919) 782-3058 Fax: (919) 882-8533
E-mail: Bonnie Holloman
Visit the website: www.nccfga.org
What is NC SELECT™?
NC Select™ means locally grown plants for your garden success. NC Select™ is a seal of approval signifying beautiful color and outstanding performance for gardeners and landscape professionals. The NC Select™ seal of approval is awarded to specific plant varieties that have been proven to withstand wide ranging and challenging North Carolina conditions.
How do I get more information?
Visit the NC Select™ plants website at www.ncselectplants.org for detailed information on NC Select™ varieties, general tips and gardening advice, and NC Select™ garden center retail locations.
To receive a printed copy of the NC Select consumer brochure or garden center marketing information contact:
NCDA & CS, Marketing Specialist
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1020
Phone: (919) 707-3147
Fax: (919) 715-0155
E-mail: John Hammond
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