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Overview of Horticulture Industry in Florida
Floridas horticulture industry has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of agriculture in recent years. With sales of more than $1.1 billion in 1996, horticultural products accounted for about 18 percent of all Florida farm cash receipts, and Florida ranked second nationally in horticultural production.

Population growth, expansion of commercial and residential development, and regulations concerning the reclamation of developed land have helped fuel the growth of the industry. Plantscaping in the commercial arena has become an integral element in the decor of hotels, office buildings and shopping malls.

On the production front, the advent of tissue culture, a process by which foliage plants are cloned, has enabled the industry to mass-produce new, disease-resistant, uniform plant varieties.

In 1996, more than 1,000 floriculture growers produced plants with a wholesale value of $660.4 million. The wholesale value of foliage plants totaled $326.8 million, making Florida the No. 1 foliage-producing state. The wholesale value in 1996 of other horticultural products included ferns ($97.0 million), cut flowers ($27.3 million), bedding/garden plants ($106.9 million) and potted and hanging flowering plants ($84.4 million). (The statistics are compiled from a survey of growers with more than $100,000 in annual sales.)

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Florida Fern Growers Association
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, CHARLES H. BRONSON, Commissioner