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USDA: Floriculture crop sales up in 2012 in 15 key states

A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture summary found that the total wholesale value of floriculture crops sold by operations with $100,000 or more in sales in the 15 key states for floriculture was $3.99 billion for 2012, up one percent from the 2011 total.

These operations accounted for 97 percent of the total value of $4.13 billion in floriculture crops, the report stated, but comprised only 46 percent of all producers. California accounted for 24 percent of the total wholesale value in the 15 states; Florida is second with 20 percent; Michigan third with nine percent, and Texas and North Carolina rounded out the top five accounting with seven and six percent, respectively.

The number of producers with sales of $100,000 or more totaled 2,505 for 2012, down two percent from 2011, according to the report released in April by the department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers was $342 million for 2012, five percent less than 2011. California’s value was $261 million, accounting for 76 percent of the total cut flower value in the 15 key states. In 2012, the number of producers dropped to 280.

The wholesale value of all bedding and garden plants, which include herbaceous perennials, was $1.96 billion, up three percent from the previous year. This plant category was the largest contributor to total sales value and represents 49 percent of the wholesale value of all the reported crops. California, Michigan, Texas, North Carolina and Ohio, the top five states in this category, accounted for 57 percent of the total bedding and garden value in the 15 key states.

Potted flowering plants for indoor or patio use was valued at $618 million, down four percent from 2011. California accounted for 40 percent of the 15-state value in this category; Florida, 12 percent. Potted poinsettias were valued at $144 million, up three percent from the previous year. Potted African violets totaled $4.10 million, up 20 percent, while the remaining crops in this category except azaleas decreased in value.

The value of 2012 foliage plant sales, at $642 million, is up five percent from the previous year. Florida continued to dominate this category with 72 percent of the total value. Potted foliage plants represented 88 percent of the total foliage value; the remainder was from hanging baskets. The number of foliage plant producers in 2012 was up two percent from 2011.

Cut cultivated greens had $71 million in wholesale value for 2012, down one percent from 2011. Florida’s value, at $57.8 million, represents 81 percent of the category total. The number of producers decreased five percent from 2011.