Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The 2013 List

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Top 100 Logo 2013 with sponsorIt’s not necessarily an indication of a top-to-bottom trend in the horticulture industry, but one thing is clear from the results of the 2013 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Grower survey: The largest greenhouse operations in the U.S are getting larger.
Perhaps it’s a sign of things turning around after several years of a stagnant economy and an evolving customer base.

Maybe the greenhouse industry is just continuing a shakeout, with the largest operations absorbing the production and space of growers who are leaving the market.

Could be it’s simply the big continuing to get bigger to take advantage of the production efficiencies size can offer big retail customers and the growers’ own bottom lines.

It’s likely some combination of all three.

Whatever the reason, nearly a third of the growers in Greenhouse Grower’s 2013 Top 100 survey reported growth. Some of them significantly so.

Ups And Downs

Greenhouse Grower’s annual Top 100 List, sponsored in 2013 by Becker Underwood,  ranks the largest greenhouse producers in the country by total square feet of  environmentally controlled greenhouse space.

Some of the biggest movers this year included:

● Altman Plants is now reporting 7,339,542 square feet — primarily new construction —  up from just over 6 million on last year’s list.

● Bell Nursery USA, now reporting 6.1 million square feet, moved from number 11 in 2012 to number 6 this year.

● Floral Plant Growers purchased Top 100 Grower Hiebert Greenhouses and added 700,000 square feet.

● Northwest Horticulture, Richardson Brothers Greenhouses and Smith Gardens each reported adding at least 300,000 square feet of space.

Not everyone on the list grew, of course. In total, however, fewer than a dozen operations on this year’s list reported any kind of significant decrease in acreage from 2012. Speedling and Westland Flower Company each reported tightening production space by at least 300,000 square feet. Hines Growers, Inc., formerly Hines Nurseries, has shed significant greenhouse square footage in recent years, but ownership has indicated plans to begin adding acreage again soon.

In total, the 2013 Top 100 Growers represent 215,718,554 square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse space — that’s just shy of 5,000 acres as a group, and a year-over-year increase of nearly 3.4 million square feet.

Comings And Goings

Three operations moved out of the Top 100 rankings this year. Elzinga & Hoeksema fell to financial troubles and closed its doors. Hiebert Greenhouses, as mentioned, sold its business to Floral Plant Growers. Gallup & Stribling Orchids, one of Greenhouse Grower’s original Top 50 Growers back in 1987, just missed the list after consecutive years of shedding significant acreage.

Three new names made their way into this year’s Top 100. Color Point, in Paris, Ky., Plainview Growers in Pompton Plains, N.J., and Grolink Plant Co. in Oxnard, Calif., all were unranked in 2012. Color Point, in particular, rode several years of growth to an impressive Top 100 debut this year, jumping onto the list at number 75 with 1,000,000 square feet.

The 2013 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Grower List

*=estimated
2013 Rank 2012 Rank Name of Operation State 2013 Total
Sq. Ft.
2012 Total
Sq. Ft.
1 1 Color Spot Nurseries CA 16,400,000 16,200,000
2 2 Kurt Weiss Greenhouses NY 9,774,020 * 12,146,020
3 3 Rocket Farms CA 8,305,120 8,305,180
4 5 Altman Plants CA 7,339,542 6,010,603
5 4 Costa Farms FL 6,207,300 6,417,102
6 11 Bell Nursery USA MD 6,100,000 * 4,212,480
7 6 Metrolina Greenhouses NC 5,900,000 5,850,000
8 7 Ecke Ranch CA * 5,600,000 * 5,600,000
9 8 Color Star Growers CO 5,000,000 5,000,000
10 10 Green Circle Growers OH 4,573,800 4,704,480
11 11 Aris Horticulture OH 4,352,080 4,352,080
12 13 The Sun Valley Group CA * 4,000,000 4,000,000
13 14 Delray Plants Co. FL 3,868,116 3,868,116
14 16 Milgro Nursery UT 3,500,000 3,500,000
15 15 Speedling FL 3,490,000 3,850,000
16 17 Matsui Nursery CA 3,438,000 3,438,000
17 18 Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses FL 3,300,000 3,300,000
18 19 Ivy Acres NY 3,253,290 3,253,290
19 20 Mid-American Growers IL 3,200,000 3,200,000
20 21 Kerry’s Bromeliads FL 3,100,000 3,100,000
21 22 Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas OR 2,850,000 2,850,000
22 26 Floral Plant Growers WI 2,826,360 2,103,105
23 23 Dallas Johnson Greenhouses IA 2,700,000 * 2,700,000
24 24 Bay City Flowers CA * 2,500,000 2,500,000
25 28 Smith Gardens WA 2,350,000 1,900,000
26 27 N.G. Heimos Greenhouses IL 2,127,200 2,084,000
27 25 Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises CO 2,119,904 * 2,119,904
28 34 Northwest Horticulture WA 2,090,880 1,698,840
29 29 Wenke Greenhouses MI 1,829,520 1,829,520
30 30 Dan Schantz Farm PA 1,814,381 1,814,381
31 31 Barcelo Enterprises CA 1,800,000 * 1,800,000
32 40 Colorama Wholesale Nursery CA 1,791,500 1,530,000
33 32 Battlefield Farms VA 1,785,960 1,785,960
34 36 Plant Marketing WI 1,778,000 1,616,400
35 33 Valley Flowers CA 1,740,000 1,740,000
36 9 Hines Growers, Inc. CA 1,700,000 8 4,834,000
37 39 Young’s Plant Farm AL 1,645,000 1,580,000
38 37 Ocean Breeze International CA 1,614,000 1,614,000
39 38 Bergen’s Greenhouses MN 1,611,720 * 1,611,720
40 41 Post Gardens MI 1,527,000 1,527,000
41 42 Clearwater Nursery CA 1,525,000 * 1,525,000
42 79 Dewar Nurseries FL 1,517,385 * 971,600
43 51 Olson’s Greenhouse Gardens UT 1,515,141 1,360,840
44 43 Garden State Growers NJ 1,502,820 1,502,820
45 44 DeLeon’s Bromeliads FL 1,500,939 1,500,939
46 45t Kawahara Nurseries CA * 1,500,000 * 1,500,000
47 47 Dan & Jerry’s Greenhouse MN 1,445,000 * 1,445,000
48 48 Willoway Nurseries OH 1,418,340 1,418,340
49t 54 Kitayama Brothers CA 1,400,000 1,314,000
49t 49 Panzer Nursery OR 1,400,000 1,400,000
49t 45t Van Wingerden International NC 1,400,000 1,500,000
52 62 Nash Greenhouses MI 1,345,000 1,132,000
53 57 Heartland Growers IN 1,320,000 1,268,360
54 53 Aldershot of New Mexico NM * 1,317,000 1,317,000
55 35 Westland Floral Company CA 1,313,280 1,677,060
56t 55t Bailey Nurseries MN 1,306,800 1,306,800
56t 55t Four Star Greenhouses MI 1,306,800 1,306,800
58 58 Rockwell Farms NC 1,260,000 1,220,000
59t 83 Richardson Brothers Greenhouses IL 1,200,000 892,980
59t 59 Young’s Nursery & Greenhouses TN 1,200,000 1,200,000
61t 60 Pacifica Flowers CA 1,176,120 1,176,120
61t 81 Plants Unlimited MI 1,176,120 900,000
63 67 Dramm & Echter CA 1,125,000 1,085,000
64 68 Riverview Flower Farm FL 1,113,520 1,078,656
65t 52 Henry Mast Greenhouses/Masterpiece Flower Co. MI 1,100,000 1,100,000
65t 63 Hillister Farms TX 1,100,000 1,100,000
67 65 Lucas Greenhouses NJ 1,095,576 1,095,576
68 69 Sawyer Nursery MI 1,059,076 * 1,059,076
69 71 Armstrong Growers CA 1,048,000 1,044,344
70 70 Alex R. Masson KS * 1,045,440 1,045,440
71 61 Stacy’s Greenhouses SC 1,045,000 1,150,000
72 72 Johannes Flowers CA 1,043,360 * 1,043,360
73 73 Van de Wetering Greenhouses NY 1,040,000 1,040,000
74 75 Maria Gardens Greenhouses OH 1,001,820 1,001,820
75t 64 Bob’s Market & Greenhouses WV 1,000,000 1,096,360
75t NR Color Point KY 1,000,000 NR
75t 77t Kent’s Bromeliad Nursery CA 1,000,000 1,000,000
75t 77t Welby Gardens Co./Hardy Boy Plants-Hardystarts CO 1,000,000 1,000,000
79 89 Grower Direct Farms CT 980,000 816,000
80 74 Farmers’ West Flowers & Bouquets CA 958,320 1,004,000
81 80 Harts Nursery OR 940,000 940,000
82 92 Cuthbert Greenhouse OH 912,680 782,000
83 82 Petitti Garden Center (Casa Verde) OH 895,000 895,000
84 84 White’s Nursery & Greenhouses VA 860,000 860,000
85 85 Twixwood Nursery MI 851,000 851,000
86t 86t B And H Flowers CA 850,000 850,000
86t 86t Blue Ridge Growers VA 850,000 850,000
86t 88 Kube-Pak NJ 850,000 845,000
89 90 South Central Growers TN 801,500 * 800,000
90 91 American Color VA 784,700 784,700
91 93 Olive Hill Greenhouses CA 760,000 760,000
92t 94 California Pajarosa CA 750,000 750,000
92t NR Plainview Growers NJ 750,000 NR
94 95 Myriad Flowers International CA 740,520 * 740,520
95 96 Esbenshades Greenhouse PA 740,000 740,000
96 97 Corso’s Perennials OH 732,000 705,000
97t NR Grolink Plant Company CA 700,000 NR
97t 98 Knox Nursery FL 700,000 700,000
99 99 Parks Brothers Farm AR 675,000 677,000
100 100 Sedan Floral KS 672,604 661,804
Richard Jones is the group editor for Greenhouse Grower and Today's Garden Center magazines.
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