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Goals of MSU Floriculture

The Floriculture Crop Production Team at Michigan State University is composed of extension educators and outreach specialists with responsibilities in commercial floriculture, staff at Diagnostic Services, and faculty members in the Departments of Horticulture, Entomology, and Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences. The Floriculture Team has a strong relationship with the floriculture industry in the state. The goals of our team are outlined below.

Goal #1. To enhance the ongoing growth and profitability of Michigan's floriculture industry.

Goal #2. To deliver research-based information, educational programs, and scientific and marketing expertise to the greenhouse industry in Michigan and beyond.

Goal #3. To improve greenhouse crop production through research that identifies new production techniques, new crop production protocols, energy conservation strategies, control of insect and disease pests, and enhanced postharvest longevity techniques.

Goal #4. To coordinate greenhouse grower tours and experiences that broaden Michigan growers' perspectives and help identify opportunities that can advance their businesses.

Goal #5. To provide training and professional development opportunities for MSU Floriculture Team members.


Information on the Michigan floriculture industry

The MSU Floriculture Team serves Michigan's vibrant and expanding floriculture industry. According to the USDA Floriculture Crops 2014 Summary and the Michigan Department of Agriculture:

  • The wholesale value of floriculture crops produced in Michigan and sold in 2014 was $406 million.
  • In 2014, Michigan was the U.S. leader in the production of annual bedding/garden plants ($204 million wholesale) and propagative floriculture materials ($83 milion).  Growers in the state also produced the second most valuable crop of herbaceous perennial plants ($62 million) and fourth most valuable crop of potted flowering plants ($37 million).
  • Michigan ranks third in floriculture production output behind California and Florida.
  • There were 454 floriculture crop producers in Michigan in 2014, with 63% of them reporting wholesale sales of over $100,000.
  • Total covered area utilized for floriculture crop production was reported at 46.1 million square feet (over 1,050 acres) with an additional 3,999 acres of open ground used for floriculture crops.
  • Floriculture/nursery crops was the fourth largest segment of agriculture in the state in 2012, behind corn, milk, and soybean production.

In 2013, Michigan led the nation in value of sales for 14 floriculture crop segments: flats of begonias, seed geraniums, impatiens, and petunias; hanging baskets of begonias, vegetative geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, and petunias; potted seed geraniums, petunias, garden chrysanthemums, and Easter lilies; and transplants of herbaceous perennials.  Michigan growers also produced the second-most valuable crop in 10 market segments: flats of marigolds and other flowering/foliar plants; hanging baskets of New Guinea impatiens, pansy, and other flowering/foliage crops; potted New Guinea impatiens, hosta, other flowering/foliar bedding/garden plants, and other flowering/foliar herbaceous perennials; and transplants of annual bedding/garden plants.

For more insights into Michigan's floriculture industry, read the Michigan Floriculture Blossoms article published in 2014 by Farm Flavor magazine and supported by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

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