U.S. Flower Supply on the decline

Our annual report on the volume of cut flowers sold in America, and where they come from.

     In 2009, both the total wholesale value and the total number of flowers available for sale in the United States declined from 2008, and the decreases were seen in both imported and domestically grown flowers. The number of growers supplying those flowers, both foreign and U.S. producers, was also down.

     Of the cut flower crops that are counted, only one domestically grown crop, Gladioli, experienced an increase, and only seven imported crops (lilies, Irises, Lisianthuses, Hydrangeas, snapdragons, Limonium and tulips) saw increases. The data in the chart below provides the details.

Where the U.S. cut flower supply comes from:

  • Imports account for approximately 67% (two-thirds) of the wholesale dollar volume of the cut flowers sold in the U.S.

  • Domestically grown cut flowers account for approximately 33% (one-third) of the cut flowers sold in the U.S (by wholesale dollar volume).

  • Of the imported cut flowers sold in the U.S., these countries supply the following percentages (by wholesale dollar volume):

     By numbers of stems, more than 5.3 billion stems of cut flowers were imported into the U.S. in 2009. Of those, approximately 60 percent came from Colombia, 30 percent from Ecuador and 10 percent from the rest of the world.

  • Of the domestically grown cut flowers sold in the U.S., these states produce the following percentages (by wholesale dollar volume):

(These figures are for cut flowers only and do not include cut cultivated greens or plants of any kind.)

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