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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 Pathology. 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 2012 Summary and the Michigan Department of Agriculture:

  • The wholesale value of floriculture crops produced in Michigan in 2012 was $376 million.
  • Michigan ranks third in floriculture production output behind California and Florida.
  • There were 539 floriculture crop producers in Michigan in 2012, with 56% of them reporting wholesale sales of over $100,000.
  • Total covered area utilized for floriculture crop production was reported at 46.9 million square feet (1,077 acres) with an additional 3,243 acres of open ground used for floriculture crops.
  • Floriculture/nursery crops was the fourth largest segment of agriculture in the state in 2011, behind milk, corn, and soybean production.

In 2012, Michigan was the leader in the production of propagative floriculture material ($78.4 million wholesale).  Growers in the state also produced the second most valuable crop of annual bedding plants ($201.7 million) and herbaceous perennials ($52.3 million).  Michigan led the nation in value of sales for 10 floriculture crop segments: flats of begonias and impatiens; hanging baskets of begonias, geraniums (vegetative), and petunias; potted seed geraniums, petunias, and Easter lilies; and transplants of bedding plants and herbaceous perennials.  Michigan growers also produced the second-most valuable crop in 9 market segments: flats of marigolds, petunias, and vegetables; hanging baskets of impatiens, New Guinea impatiens, pansy, and other flowering/foliage crops; and potted hosta and other bedding plants.

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