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 New York Field Offic
e

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FLORICULTURE



Released: May 2001

New York floriculture production ranked sixth in the nation for total commercial sales in 2000. Value of sales increased from a year earlier for cut flowers, potted flowering plants and total foliage for indoor or patio use. The overall value of commercial sales increased 8 percent to $175.1 million. Bedding and garden plants continued to be the highest component of the total value of sales decreasing $2.8 million from 1999 to $94.7 million. Potted flowering plants were second with a value of sales of $37.2 million, an increase of $3.0 million. Cut flowers ranked third at $6.0 million, an increase of 19 percent.

The number of commercial growers decreased for the third consecutive year. During 2000, there were 760 growers. The area used to produce floriculture crops in the state was down approximately 13 percent. Greenhouse space increased 3.7 million square feet from 1999 to total 26.2 million square feet in 2000. This increase pulled the total covered area (greenhouse plus shade and temporary structures) up to 26.8 million square feet, 17 percent more than 1999.

FLORICULTURE: Growers and Growing Area, 1996-2000 1/

1996 1997 1998 1999 2/ 2000
Commercial Growers (Number) 569 897 802 771 760
Growing Area: Open Ground (Acres) 410 779 1,344 1,028 897
Cover: Total Greenhouse (1,000 sq. ft.) 19,301 22,635 22,744 22,504 26,225
Shade & Temporary (1,000 sq .ft.) 511 394 439 464 526
Total Covered Area (1,000 sq. ft.) 19,812 23,029 23,183 22,968 26,751
1/  Includes growers with sales of $10,000 or more.
2/  Revised.

FLORICULTURE: Expanded Wholesale Value of Sales by Plant Category, 1996-2000

Plant Category 2000
Rank 1/
1996 1997 1998 1999 2/ 2000
1,000 Dollars
Cut Flowers 10 6,837 6,125 6,408 5,018 5,993
Potted Flowering Plants 5 24,234 37,106 35,010 34,147 37,173
Total Foliage for Indoor or Patio Use 11 1,636 1,919 2,185 2,257 3,443
Bedding/Garden Plants 6 60,294 76,962 93,397 97,528 94,711
Total of Reported Crops 3/ 6 93,008 122,114 137,010 138,950 152,932
Grower Sales $10,000-$99,999 (Unspecified crops) 3 15,615 25,380 21,810 23,955 22,140
TOTAL COMMERCIAL SALES 4/ 6 108,623 147,494 158,820 162,905 175,072
1/  Rank among all states.
2/  Revised.
3/  Total includes categories not listed.
4/  Wholesale value of sales as reported by growers with $100,000 or more in sales of floriculture crops,
     plus a calculated wholesale value of sales for growers with sales below $100,000. The value of sales for
     growers below the $100,000 level was estimated by multiplying the number of growers in each size group
     by the mid-point of each dollar value range.

FLORICULTURE:Producers, Sales, and Value,
by Type of Plant, 1999-2000 1/

Year Producers
reporting
Quantity
sold
(Thousands)
Value of
sales 2/
Number Spikes 1,000 Dollars
CUT FLOWERS
Gladioli 1999     9      92       21
2000   10      97       18
Snapdragons3/ 2000     8    738     686
Other Cut Flowers 1999   23 N/A   2,641
2000   16 N/A   2,089
FLOWERING POTTED PLANTS Pots
African Violets 1999   16 1,645   1,623
2000   20 1,841   1,900
Azaleas, Finished Florist 1999   36 1,879   5,521
2000   36 1,948   6,126
Chrysanthemums, Florist 1999   51    996   1,926
(Excluding Hardy/Garden Mums) 2000   64 1,554   2,646
Lilies, Easter 1999   73    707   2,404
2000   79    708   2,386
Orchids 1999   11    121   1,323
2000   12    140   1,513
Poinsettias 1999 127 3,396 10,767
2000 129 4,288 12,918
Roses, Florist 3/ 2000   12    329     750
Spring Flowering Bulbs3/ 2000   60    771   2,145
Other Potted Flowering Plants 1999   74 4,139   8,846
(Excluding blooming annuals) 2000   74 2,697   6,789
BEDDING/GARDEN PLANTS Flats
Flats
Begonias 3/ 2000 117    334   2,505
Geraniums (cuttings)4/ 2000   21      97     863
Geraniums (seeds, plugs)4/ 2000   19      48     452
Impatiens, I. wallerana 1999 164    879   5,977
2000 172    885   6,682
Impatiens, New Guinea 1999   35    612   4,645
2000   21      84     646
Marigold 3/ 2000 124    242   1,948
Pansy/Viola 3/ 2000 128    216   1,700
Petunias 1999 163    417   2,886
2000 172    387   2,883

FLORICULTURE: Producers, Sales, and Value,
by Type of Plant, 1999-2000 1/(Continued)

Year Producers
reporting
Quantity
sold
(Thousands)
Value of
sales 2/
Number Flats 1,000 Dollars
BEDDING/GARDEN PLANTS (Continued)
Other Flowering and Foliar Type 1999 179   2,567 17,712
2000 168   1,611 12,083
Vegetable Type 1999 152     659   4,567
2000 158     502   3,800
Pots Pots
Begonias 3/ 2000   63     506     670
Geraniums - Cuttings 1999 173   5,296   8,845
2000 181   5,353   8,540
Geraniums - Seed 1999   40   3,241   2,771
2000   39   2,829   2,372
Impatiens, I. wallerana 1999   53     759     989
2000   46     440     543
Impatiens, New Guinea 1999 160   2,516   3,931
2000 165   2,864   4,688
Marigold 3/ 2000   26       92     109
Pansy/Viola 3/ 2000   29     779     649
Petunias 1999   76     563     985
2000   68     304     504
Other Flowering & Foliar Type 1999 168 10,709 19,450
2000 110   5,807 10,152
Vegetable Type 1999   58   1,065   1,363
2000   54      871   1,088
Hanging Baskets Baskets
Begonia 3/ 2000   71      168     806
Geranium (cuttings) 2000 132      337   2,507
Geranium (seeds, plugs) 2000     9       16     149
Impatiens, I. wallerana 1999 135      234   1,182
2000 120      256   1,267
Impatiens, New Guinea
1999
141      387   2,438
2000 128      398   2,531
Marigold 3/ 2000   5/      5/      5/
Pansy/Viola 3/ 2000   12        23     138
Petunias 1999 163      158     978
2000 143      251   1,074
Other Flowering and Foliar Type 1999 195      937   6,746
2000 141      524   3,506

FLORICULTURE:  Producers, Sales, and Value,
by Type of Plant, 1999-2000 1/ (Continued)

Year Producers
reporting
Quantity
sold
(Thousands)
Value of
sales 2/
Number Baskets 1,000 Dollars
FOLIAGE PLANTS FOR INDOOR OR PATIO USE
Foliage Hanging Baskets 1999   44    351   1,415
2000   49    269   1,202
Pots
Potted Foliage 1999   30   NA      5/
  2000   39   NA   2,241
HERBACEOUS PERENNIALS, POTTED
Hardy/Garden Chrysanthemums 1999 155 4,841   8,142
2000 136 3,295   5,107
Hostas 3/ 2000   80    263   1,122
Other Herbaceous Perennials 3/ 2000 101 4,762 13,623
PROPAGATIVE MATERIAL
Potted Flowering Plants 2000 NA   NA   1,784
Bedding/Garden Plants 2000 NA   NA   9,647
N/A - Not available.
1/  1999 Revised.
2/  Equivalent wholesale value of all crops except potted foliage plants. 
     For potted foliage, value is based on net value of sales.
3/  Data series began in 2000; 1999 data not available.
4/  Data series new in 2000; 1999 and earlier published as "All Geraniums".
5/  Not published to avoid disclosing individual operations.