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