U.S. flower supply:
not a rosy picture
Our annual report reveals
the volume of cut flowers available for sale in the U.S. is
on the decline.
In 2009—the year for
which the most current data is available—both the total
wholesale value and the total number of flowers available
for sale in the United States declined from 2008, in both
imported and domestically grown flowers. The number of
growers, both foreign and U.S., 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 available
for sale in the U.S.
Domestically grown cut flowers account for approximately
33% (one-third) of the cut flowers available for sale in
the U.S (by wholesale dollar volume).
production figures: Agricultural Statistics Board, National
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) “Floriculture Crops 2009 Summary”
Import figures: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)％
In numbers of stems, more than 5.3 billion 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.)