Just after Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers report published last year, we found out about a few key acquisitions that we knew would really shake things up in 2015. We were right — the tradition of our annual rankings remix stands, and the changes are noteworthy.
Optimism Is Evident, With Grower Expansion Across The Board
Greenhouse Grower’s annual Top 100 List ranks the largest U.S. growers by total square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse space, although this year, we have also listed shade and field acreage, to give perspective on how large these operations are beyond the greenhouse. In total, the 2015 list represents 228,906,001 environmentally controlled square feet of U.S. production, a 5 percent increase over 2014.
Looking more closely, growers within the top 10 list are reporting some very significant growth:
- Color Spot Holdings says its operation has grown to 21,100,000, as a result of acquiring Color Star’s Sanger, Texas, facility, and building an additional 150,000 square feet of greenhouses.
- Costa Farms slid into the No. 2 position, reporting its square footage at more than 15 million square feet, up from 9.5 million in 2014.
- Altman Plants has grown by more than 1 million square feet in the past year.
- Bell Nursery’s acquisition of Blue Ridge Growers in Virginia and Brentwood Farms in North Carolina put the operation up to 7,400,000, trading spaces with Metrolina Greenhouses, which also grew by 100,000 square feet over the past year.
- Color Point taking over Mid-American Growers last spring brought the operation from No. 74 up to No. 8. Beyond the top 10 players, a number of growers have undergone huge growth within the past year.
- Olson’s Greenhouse Gardens (No. 15) grew by more than 500,000 square feet, during its second straight year of major expansion. The operation reported 1,515,141 in 2013.
- Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises has gained nearly 3 million square feet of production.
- Headstart Nursery is reporting growth to 2,400,000, up from 1.5 million square feet in 2014.
- Last year’s newcomer, Bela Flor Nurseries, is expanding rapidly, as well. It’s up by more than 500,000 square feet.
- Riverview Flower Farm has grown by more than 700,000 square feet, placing at No. 33 from No. 70 in 2014.
- Garden State Growers is showing growth to 1,742,400 from 1,481,040.
- Henry Mast Greenhouses/Masterpiece Flower Co. has grown more than 300,000 square feet in the past year.
All told, 26 growers reported that their operation grew between 2014 and 2015. Several growers reduced their production over the past year, as well, and while some operations’ downsized numbers were significant, most were slight and probably typical of the give-and-take in the horticulture industry.
Change Is Constant
We have some new names among the Top 100 Growers this year. Greenhouse Grower extends a warm welcome to Botany Lane Greenhouses in Colorado, Grolink Plant Co. in California, Tidal Creek Growers in Maryland and Micandy Garden Greenhouses in Michigan.
It’s likely we’ll see more changes among the Top 100 sooner rather than later, and as Greenhouse Grower continues to refine our list, we are certainly open to suggestions. Let us know how we can make this report a better resource — for growers and allied trades.
Meanwhile, congratulations to all of Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers!
2015 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Grower List
|2015 Rank||2014 Rank||Company||State||2015 U.S. Environmentally Controlled (Square Feet)||U.S. Acreage (Shade Houses)||U.S. Acreage (Field Production)|
|1||1||Color Spot Nurseries||CA||21,100,000||204||2,703|
|4||4||Kurt Weiss Greenhouses||NY||9,238,232||30||89|
|6||7||Bell Nursery USA||MD||7,400,000|
|9||8||Green Circle Growers||OH||4,573,800||20|
|10||10||The Sun Valley Group||CA||4,000,000*|
|11||11||Delray Plants Co.||FL||3,868,116||119||20|
|15||21||Olson's Greenhouse Gardens||UT||3,079,531||0||37|
|16||16||Kerry's Nursery Inc.||FL||3,000,000*|
|17||18||Floral Plant Growers||WI||2,826,360||6|
|18t||16||Woodburn Nursery and Azaleas||OR||2,800,000||2|
|21||20||Dallas Johnson Greenhouses||IA||2,600,000|
|22t||22||Bay City Flowers||CA||2,500,000*|
|24t||26||Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises||CO||2,400,000|
|26t||28||Bela Flor Nurseries||MO||2,395,800|
|29||27||N.G. Heimos Greenhouses Inc.||IL||2,068,000||1||27|
|31||32||Colorama Wholesale Nursery||CA||1,890,000||9||150|
|32||31||Dan Schantz Farm||PA||1,814,381||15|
|33||70||Riverview Flower Farm||FL||1,785,960||32||15|
|36||45||Garden State Growers||NJ||1,742,400||125|
|38||36||Hines Growers, Inc.||CA||1,700,000*|
|40||37||Young's Plant Farm||AL||1,645,000||34|
|41||38||Ocean Breeze International||CA||1,614,000*|
|42||40||Westland Floral Company||CA||1,600,000*|
|43||58||Grower Direct Farms||CT||1,565,000||8|
|48||50||Van Wingerden International||NC||1,450,548||12|
|49||46||Dan and Jerry's Greenhouse||MN||1,445,000*|
|51t||65||Henry Mast Greenhouses/Masterpiece Flower Co.||MI||1,420,000||9|
|56||53||Four Star Greenhouses||MI||1,378,801|
|58||56||Aldershot of New Mexico||NM||1,317,000*|
|61t||59t||Richardson Brothers Greenhouses||IL||1,200,000|
|61t||59t||Young's Nursery and Greenhouse||TN||1,200,000*|
|64||79||Bob's Market and Greenhouses||WV||1,135,000||3|
|65t||65||Hillister (part of Seville Farms)||TX||1,100,000*|
|68||70||Alex R. Masson||KS||1,045,440*|
|70||73||Maria Gardens Greenhouses||OH||1,001,820*|
|71t||74||Kent's Bromeliad Nursery||CA||1,000,000*|
|71t||59||Van de Wetering Greenhouses||NY||1,000,000||6|
|71t||57||Welby Gardens Co./Hardy Boy Plants-Hardystarts||CO||1,000,000||8|
|74||77||Farmers' West Flowers and Bouquets||CA||958,320*|
|76||86||South Central Growers||TN||921,115||8|
|77||64||Dramm and Echter||CA||920,000||10|
|78||80||Petitti Garden Cente/Casa Verde Growers||OH||895,000||5|
|79||81||White's Nursery and Greenhouses||VA||860,000|
|81t||83||B and H Flowers||CA||850,000*|
|83||NR||Botany Lane Greenhouses||CO||827,640||1||4|
|86||88||Olive Hill Greenhouses||CA||760,000|
|90t||NR||Grolink Plant Company||700,000||6||3|
|92||94||Parks Brothers Farm||AR||675,000||<1|
|94||96||Myriad Flowers International||CA||653,400||5||12|
|95t||97||Loop's Nursery and Greenhouses||FL||650,000||3|
|98||NR||Tidal Creek Growers||MD||621,455||6||11|
|99||98||Pleasant View Gardens||NH||600,000||15|
|100||NR||Micandy Garden Greenhouses||MI||500,940|