About Florida's Nursery Industry
Florida is known for being one of the nation’s top agricultural states, but what about their impact when it comes to landscape and ornamental plant production?
According to the 2017 Nursery and Landscape Industry Economic Report, co-authored by MREC faculty member Hayk Khachatryan, more than 21.08 billion dollars in output sales is attributed to the state’s nursery industry, with 5.84 billion dollars attributed to the Central Florida region alone. In fact, Orange (1.82 billion dollars), Seminole (721 million dollars) and Lake (500 million dollars) counties compromise three of the top four counties in the Central Florida/Orlando region, collectively employing more than 31,000 people.
Florida’s subtropical climate, ample rain, and moderate winter temperatures make it the perfect place for producing foliage. Florida produces nearly 80% of all tropical and indoor houseplants in the United States and has grown industry output by more than 37% since 2010. To meet the growing demand of Florida-native plants, nearly 60% of all Florida landscape firms offered Florida-Friendly plants and landscaping services.
To learn more about local Central Florida nurseries, check out our Local Nursery Spotlight.