Floriculture includes crops such as bedding and garden plants, foliage plants, potted flowering plants, cut flowers, cut cultivated greens and floriculture materials.
The wholesale value of all floriculture crops rose slightly in 2012, reaching $4.1 billion for growers in the top 15 states of California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Washington (NASS 2013).
California continued to be the leading state, with floriculture crops valued at $985 million, down 3 percent from 2011. Florida, the next largest producer, also declined 3 percent, with the floriculture crop declining to $812 million in wholesale value. These two states accounted for 44 percent of the 15-state total value. Michigan, Texas and North Carolina rounded out the top five states in terms of the wholesale value of floriculture crops. For 2012 the top five states accounted for $2.7 billion, or 66 percent, of the 15-state total value. (NASS 2013)
The number of floriculture producers in the top 15 states totaled 5,419 in 2012, down 6 percent from 2011. The largest group of producers reported sales of $100,000-$500,000, followed by producers with sales of $50,000-$100,000 and producers with sales over $500,000. (NASS 2013)