Top 100 Growers 2009

2009 Rank 2008 Rank Square Footage Operation State Crop Breakdown
1 1 13,650,000  Color Spot Nurseries CA 56% ornamental bedding plants, 14% shrubs and ornamentals, 13% plugs and propagation, 12% container perennials, 5% flowering potted plants
2 2 12,146,020  Kurt Weiss Greenhouses  NY  40% ornamental bedding plants, 33% flowering potted plants, 10% woody ornamentals, 10% container perennials, 3% potted foliage, 3% plugs and propagation, 1% herbs
3 4 6,861,322 (9%)  Costa Farms, LLC  FL  50% potted foliage, 35% ornamental bedding plants, 15% plugs and propagation
4 5 5,509,891 (76%)  Paul Ecke Ranch  CA  43% flowering potted plants, 30% ornamental bedding plants, 27% plugs and propagation
5 7 5,500,000  Rocket Farms  CA  65% flowering potted plants, 20% herbs, 5% fresh cut flowers, 5% potted foliage, 5% vegetables
6 6 5,400,000  Metrolina Greenhouses  NC  60% ornamental bedding plants, 15% container perennials, 15% plugs and propagation, 10% flowering potted plants
7 25t 5,000,000  Color Star Growers  CO  70% ornamental bedding plants, 25% flowering potted plants, 5% container perennials
8 8 4,834,000  Hines Horticulture  CA  50% woody ornamentals, 25% container perennials, 25% ornamental bedding plants
9 10 4,590,675  Altman Plants  CA  50% ornamental bedding plants, 27% container perennials, 20% potted foliage, 3% plugs and propagation
10 12 4,100,000*  The Sun Valley Group  CA  100% fresh cut flowers*
11 13 4,081,800  Bell Nursery  MD  75% ornamental bedding plants, 10% container perennials, 5% flowering potted plants, 5% herbs, 5% vegetables
12 3 3,984,869 (50%)  Aris (formerly Yoder Brothers)  OH  50% flowering potted plants, 25% container perennials, 15% tropicals, 8% herbs, 2% fresh cut flowers
13 14 3,868,116  Delray Plants Inc.  FL  100% potted foliage
14t 17t 3,500,000*  Green Circle Growers  OH  45% plugs and propagation*, 35% ornamental bedding plants*, 12% flowering potted plants*, 8% potted foliage*
14t 17t 3,500,000  Milgro Nursery Inc.  CA  90% flowering potted plants, 10% plugs and propagation
16 19 3,328,000  Matsui Nursery, Inc.  CA  100% flowering potted plants
17t 16 3,100,000  Kerry’s Bromeliads  FL  90% flowering potted plants, 10% plugs and propagation
17t 15 3,100,000  Nurserymen’s Exchange  CA  90% flowering potted plants, 10% container perennials
19 20 2,850,000  Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas  OR  55% flowering potted plants, 45% woody ornamentals and shrubs
20 23 2,831,400  Mid-American Growers  IL  60% ornamental bedding plants, 35% flowering potted plants, 5% potted foliage
21 21 2,800,000  Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses  FL  100% potted foliage
22t 22 2,500,000*  Bay City Flowers  CA  80% flowering potted plants*, 20% ornamental bedding plants
22t 24 2,500,000 (11%)  Dallas Johnson Greenhouses  IA  75% ornamental bedding plants, 20% container perennials, 5% flowering potted plants
24 25t 2,200,000  Tagawa Greenhouses  CO  45% plugs and propagation, 35% ornamental bedding plants, 15% nursery crops, 4% flowering potted plants, 1% container perennials
25 27 2,103,105  Floral Plant Growers LLC  WI  71% ornamental bedding plants, 15% plugs and propagation, 7% flowering potted plants, 4% container perennials, 2% vegetables
26 9 2,100,000 (34%)  Speedling Inc.  FL  60% plugs and propagation, 20% flowering potted plants, 20% vegetables
27 11 1,971,200 (56%)  GroLink Plant Co.  CA  90% cuttings, 10% plugs and propagation
28 28 1,941,739 (11%)  DeLeon’s Bromeliads  FL  100% bromeliads and orchids
29 32 1,868,000  B&H Flowers, Inc.  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
30t 30t 1,800,000  Barcelo Enterprises  CA  40% woody ornamentals, 30% plugs and propagation, 20% flowering potted plants, 10% container perennials
30t 34 1,800,000  Colorama Wholesale Nursery  CA  40% woody ornamentals, 30% plugs and propagation, 20% flowering potted plants, 10% container perennials
30t 30t 1,800,000  Smith Gardens  WA  60% flowering potted plants, 15% trees, 10% ornamental bedding plants, 5% container perennials, 5% herbs, 5% plugs and propagation
33 29 1,742,400 Wenke Greenhouses  MI  55% ornamental bedding plants, 20% flowering potted plants, 20% plugs and propagation, 4% vegetables, 1% herbs
34 33 1,614,000  Ocean Breeze International  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
35 39 1,611,720  Northwest Horticulture  WA  50% container perennials, 50% plugs and propagation
36 49 1,555,000  Westland Floral Co.  CA  90% fresh cut flowers, 10% flowering potted plants
37 37 1,527,000  Post Gardens Inc.  MI  65% ornamental bedding plants, 21% flowering potted plants, 10% potted foliage, 4% plugs and propagation
38 38 1,525,000  Clearwater Nursery  CA  95% flowering potted plants, 3% container perennials, 2% plugs and propagation
39 40 1,515,800  Kawahara Nurseries  CA  50% ornamental bedding plants, 30% container perennials, 20% flowering potted plants
40 50 1,500,600  Polk Nursery Company Inc.  FL  50% flowering potted plants, 35% potted foliage, 10% trees, 3% woody ornamentals, 2% vegetables
41t 41t 1,500,000  El Modeno Gardens Inc.  CA  50% container perennials, 30% woody ornamentals & shrubs, 10% ornamental bedding plants, 10% flowewring potted plants
41t 41t 1,500,000  N.G. Heimos Greenhouses  FL  50% ornamental bedding plants, 20% plugs and propagation, 15% flowering potted plants, 15% container perennials
41t 62 1,500,000  Plant Marketing LLC  WI  61% potted foliage, 39% ornamental bedding plants
41t 35 1,500,000  Van Wingerden International Inc.  NC  75% ornamental bedding plants, 20% flowering potted plants, 5% potted foliage
45t 45t 1,400,000  Elzinga & Hoeksema Greenhouses  MI  65% ornamental bedding plants, 20% organic herbs and veggies, 10% flowering potted plants, 5% plugs and propagation
45t 45t 1,400,000  Gallup & Stribling Orchids Inc.  CA  50% flowering potted plants, 50% fresh cut flowers
45t 45t 1,400,000  Panzer Nursery  OR  100% flowering potted plants
48 54 1,357,200  Bergen’s Greenhouses, Inc.  MN  60% ornamental bedding plants, 19% container perennials, 10% flowering potted plants, 10% plugs and propagation
49 51 1,350,360  Young’s Plant Farm, Inc.  AL  60% ornamental bedding plants, 30% flowering potted plants, 10% plugs and propagation
50 52 1,325,680  Burgett Geothermal Greenhouses  NM  100% fresh cut flowers
51 53 1,317,000  Aldershot of New Mexico Inc.  NM  85% flowering potted plants, 5% potted foliage, 5% ornamental bedding plants, 5% container perennials
52 78 1,315,992  Dan Schantz Farm  PA  51% flowering potted plants, 47% ornamental bedding plants, 1% vegetables, 0.05% plugs and propagation, 0.05% herbs
53t n/a 1,306,800  Four Star Greenhouses  MI  60% plugs and propagation*, 40% ornamental bedding plants*
53t 55 1,306,800  Johannes Flowers Inc.  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
55 43 1,300,000  Dan & Jerry’s Greenhouse  MN  85% ornamental bedding plants, 10% nursery crop, 5% flowering potted plants
56 56 1,275,000  Rockwell Farms Inc.  NC  75% ornamental bedding plants, 15% flowering potted plants, 5% plugs and propagation, 5% herbs
57 57 1,273,380  Battlefield Farms  VA  85% flowering potted plants, 10% container perennials, 5% potted foliage
58 58 1,240,000  Valley Flowers  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
59 61 1,200,000  Garden State Growers  NJ  50% flowering potted plants, 50% container perennials
60 59 1,180,000  Green Valley Growers  TX  20% ornamental bedding plants, 20% plugs and propagation, 15% container perennials, 15% woody ornamentals, 15% other, 10% flowering potted plants, 5% potted foliage
61 60 1,176,120 (44.4%)  Pacifica Flowers  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
62t 83t 1,100,000 (18%)  Dramm & Echter Inc.  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
62t 36 1,100,000  Timberline Nursery Inc.  TX  85% ornamental bedding plants, 15% flowering potted plants
64 66 1,059,076  Sawyer Nursery  MI  80% container perennials, 20% plugs and propagation
65 63 1,050,000  Henry Mast Greenhouses/Masterpiece Flower Co LLC  MI  66% ornamental bedding plants, 25% flowering potted plants, 8% plugs and propagation, 1% container perennials
66 72 1,047,644  Hiebert Greenhouse of South Dakota  SD  55% ornamental bedding plants, 15% flowering potted plants, 15% container perennials, 7% vegetables, 3% herbs, 2% potted foliage,  2% woody ornamentals, 1% plugs and propagation
67 64 1,045,440  Alex R. Masson  KS  85% flowering potted plants, 15% potted foliage
68 65 1,043,360  Heartland Growers  IN  65% ornamental bedding plants, 25% flowering potted plants, 5% potted foliage, 5% plugs and propagation
69 67 1,009,000  Young’s Nursery & Greenhouses  TN  55% ornamental bedding plants, 20% flowering potted plants, 18% plugs and propagation, 5% potted foliage, 2% container perennials
70t 68t 1,000,000*  Kitayama Brothers  CA  100% fresh cut flowers*
70t 68t 1,000,000  Sunshine Floral Inc.  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
70t 68t 1,000,000  Welby Gardens Co. Inc.  CO  69% ornamental bedding plants, 16% container perennials, 10% plugs and propagation, 2% vegetables, 2% flowering potted plants, 1% herbs
73 68t 975,000  Kent’s Bromeliads Nursery Inc.  CA  100% flowering potted plants
74 73 914,700  Maria Gardens Greenhouses Inc.  OH  55% ornamental bedding plants, 20% flowering potted plants, 20% potted foliage, 5% container perennials
75 80t 914,000  Dewar Nurseries  FL  57% flowering potted plants, 39% woody ornamentals, 2% container perennials, 1% potted foliage, 1% vegetables
76 74 900,000  Harts Nursery  OR  78% ornamental bedding plants, 20% container perennials, 2% herbs
77 75 895,000  Petitti Garden Center (Casa Verde)  OH  55% ornamental bedding plants, 35% container perennials, 8% vegetables, 2% herbs
78 77 892,980*  Richardson Bros. Inc.  IL  53% ornamental bedding plants*, 30% flowering potted plants*, 15% plugs and propagation*, 2% potted foliage*
79 79 880,000  Van de Wetering Greenhouses Inc.  NY  70% plugs and propagation, 20% flowering potted plants, 10% ornamental bedding plants
80t n/a 871,200  Bailey Nurseries  MN  92% woody ornamentals, 6% ornamental bedding plants, 2% plugs and propagation
80t 80t 871,200  O.F. Nelson & Sons Nursery Inc.  FL  100% flowering potted plants
82 85 860,000  White’s Nursery & Greenhouses Inc.  VA  72% flowering potted plants, 25% ornametnal bedding plants, 2% herbs, 1% vegetables
83t 82 851,000  Armstrong Growers  CA  45% ornamental bedding plants, 36% flowering potted plants, 6% container perennials, 5% other, 4% woody ornamentals, 2% herbs, 2% vegetables
83t 89 851,000  Twixwood Nursery LLC  MI  50% container perennials, 40% plugs and propagation, 5% other, 3% woody ornamentals, 2% herbs
85 86 850,040  Kube-Pak  NJ  49% ornamental bedding plants, 32% plugs and propagation material, 10% flowering potted plants, 5% container perennials, 2% vegetables, 1% potted foliage, 1% herbs
86 83t 850,000  Blue Ridge Growers  VA  63% ornamental bedding plants, 20% flowering potted plants, 15% plugs and propagation, 2% herbs and perennials
87 92 833,443  Bob’s Market & Greenhouses Inc.  WV  50% plugs and propagation, 33% ornamental bedding plants, 17% flowering potted plants
88 90 790,000  Grower Direct Farms  CT  70% ornamental bedding plants, 20% flowering potted plants, 5% container perennials, 5% plugs and propagation
89 88 782,000  Cuthbert Greenhouse  OH  60% ornamental bedding plants, 20% flowering potted plants, 10% potted foliage, 10% plugs and propagation
90 100 770,000  Lucas Greenhouses  NJ  52% flowering potted plants, 40% plugs and propagation, 8% ornamental bedding plants
91 91 765,576  California Pajarosa  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
92 93 760,000  Olive Hill Greenhouses, Inc.  CA  55% flowering potted plants, 45% potted foliage
93 n/a 756,960  Stacy’s Greenhouses, Inc.  SC  85% plugs and propagation, 8% container perennials, 7% ornamental bedding plants
94 94 750,000*  Silver Terrace Nursery  CA  100% fresh cut flowers*
95 95 740,520  Myriad Flowers International  CA  100% fresh cut flowers
96 98 720,000  Nash Greenhouses  MI  50% ornamental bedding plants, 40% flowering potted plants, 5% plugs and propagation material, 2% potted foliage, 2% vegetables, 1% herbs
97 96 718,740  Riverview Flower Farm  FL  50% container perennials, 50% ornamental bedding plants
98 45t 712,000  Farmers’ West Flowers & Bouquets, Inc.  CA  97% fresh cut flowers, 2% plugs and propagation, 1% flowering potted plants
99t 87 700,000  Esbenshades Greenhouses  PA  54% ornamental bedding plants, 30% flowering potted, 8% plugs and propagation, 8% container perennials
99t n/a 700,000  Knox Nursery  FL  70% plugs and propagation, 25% ornamental bedding plants, 5% flowering potted plants

 

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