Top 100 Growers: Breaking Down The List

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Top 100 Growers: Breaking Down The List

The big got bigger for years. This year, the Top 100 Growers are operating under less environmentally controlled greenhouse space than in 2008, although our 22nd annual list now cuts off at a higher mark of 700,000 square feet.

At the top, Color Spot Nurseries (No. 1) and Kurt Weiss Greenhouses (No. 2) man the first and second spots respectively for the second consecutive year, while Costa Farms (No. 3) and Paul Ecke Ranch (No. 4) each move up a spot despite no structural expansion. New information shoots Color Star Growers (No. 7) into our top 10 for the first time after four consecutive years ranked in the mid-20s Also in the top 10 are Rocket Farms, Metrolina Greenhouses, Hines Horticulture, Altman Plants and The Sun Valley Group.

The biggest difference from last year’s top 10 is the absence of Yoder Brothers, which ranked third in 2008. Yoder will operate under the name Aris (No. 12) beginning July 1. Syngenta purchased Yoder’s garden mum, pot mum and aster lines late last year.

Compiling The Top 100 Growers List

In February and March, we collect data from growers with a survey conducted through Web and fax. Any growers on last year’s list who did not respond to the survey are contacted by phone to confirm current production square footage and crop breakdown. Unconfirmed square footages are estimated from the best information available to the editors.

Top 100 Grower rankings are determined based on environmentally controlled greenhouse area. Outdoor production and shade house area is not included.

Looking down the list, Westland Floral Co. (No. 36), Polk Nursery Company (No. 40), Plant Marketing LLC (41t), Dan Schantz Farm (No. 52) and Dramm & Echter (62t) made the biggest leaps this year. Dan Schantz Farm rose the most–26 positions–after adding 10 acres.

Besides Aris, a couple other operations are growing under less space in 2009. Speedling (No. 26) dropped 17 spots and GroLink Plant Co. (No. 27) dropped 16. Timberline Nursery (No. 62t) dipped the most among operations still on the list, falling 26 spots.

Four operations are no longer on the list, including Geerlings Greenhouses and Mainland Nursery. Geerlings, which operated under more than 1.4 million square feet last year, now operates under about 250,000. Mainland went out of business.

New or returning to the list are Four Star Greenhouses (No. 52t), Bailey Nurseries (No. 79t), Stacy’s Greenhouses (No. 93) and Knox Nursery (No. 99t). Ever-Bloom and Plants Unlimited just missed the cut after appearing on last year’s list. Parks Brothers and Sedan Floral were also close, pushing 700,000 square feet, yet just missed the cut.

Kevin Yanik is the former managing editor of Greenhouse Grower.

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8 comments on “Top 100 Growers: Breaking Down The List

  1. Anonymous

    Too bad you did not ask how many were operating under reorganization from bankruptcy or if the planned to file bankruptcy this coming year. They may be on your top 100 but many have left their suppliers holding the bag or rather the empty bag

  2. Anonymous

    Ref # MBM/2009/15

    Date: 29th July 2009

    Dear Sir,

    We are regular importer of all kind of flower seeds here in Pakistan. Due to our growing market needs we are searching new growers and whole sellers who can full fill our market requirements regarding F1 and F2 Seeds /palm seeds on regular bases. We are ready to be a regular distributor in this business in regular basis.

    Due to increasing demand of our regular customers we need pure and guaranteed seed which always can satisfy our clients. We don’t need to loose our clients at any cost.

    If you are grower or whole seller, we wish to have a regular business with you. If your seeds are guaranteed and without complaint we promise you for a long term business with you.

    In Search of new and regular varieties of Flower seeds (F1, F2) / Palm seeds we need to establish business with the experienced growers/ whole sellers.

    1-Please send us detailed profile about your company.

    2-Please provide us details of your seeds.

    3-Send us your catalogue.

    4-Arrange samples and price list in detail.

    Will be thankful for your cooperation

    Mr.Anees
    MIDGREEN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT.
    1st floor Haider Center
    Punjab Society, Ghazi Road Lahore Cantt
    Pakistan-54000
    PH: 0092-322-4825505
    Fax: 0092-423-5728268
    E-Mail: info.midgreen@gmail.com
    Skype: midgreen33

  3. Anonymous

    You comment is interesting. I’m curious….

    I have 80 acres of 1/2 wooded land in the Midwest and am looking for which medicinal herbs would grow under my lands conditions. Do you know where I can find any info. on harvesting peat? Or growing medicinal herbs as crops?

  4. Anonymous

    i am very interested in the 2/tone impatients you had this year/ i run on to them by accident at a nursury.. wish i could buy direct from you or you had a catalog…come next spring

    thanks

  5. Anonymous

    Too bad you did not ask how many were operating under reorganization from bankruptcy or if the planned to file bankruptcy this coming year. They may be on your top 100 but many have left their suppliers holding the bag or rather the empty bag

  6. Anonymous

    Ref # MBM/2009/15

    Date: 29th July 2009

    Dear Sir,

    We are regular importer of all kind of flower seeds here in Pakistan. Due to our growing market needs we are searching new growers and whole sellers who can full fill our market requirements regarding F1 and F2 Seeds /palm seeds on regular bases. We are ready to be a regular distributor in this business in regular basis.

    Due to increasing demand of our regular customers we need pure and guaranteed seed which always can satisfy our clients. We don’t need to loose our clients at any cost.

    If you are grower or whole seller, we wish to have a regular business with you. If your seeds are guaranteed and without complaint we promise you for a long term business with you.

    In Search of new and regular varieties of Flower seeds (F1, F2) / Palm seeds we need to establish business with the experienced growers/ whole sellers.

    1-Please send us detailed profile about your company.

    2-Please provide us details of your seeds.

    3-Send us your catalogue.

    4-Arrange samples and price list in detail.

    Will be thankful for your cooperation

    Mr.Anees
    MIDGREEN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT.
    1st floor Haider Center
    Punjab Society, Ghazi Road Lahore Cantt
    Pakistan-54000
    PH: 0092-322-4825505
    Fax: 0092-423-5728268
    E-Mail: info.midgreen@gmail.com
    Skype: midgreen33

  7. Anonymous

    You comment is interesting. I’m curious….

    I have 80 acres of 1/2 wooded land in the Midwest and am looking for which medicinal herbs would grow under my lands conditions. Do you know where I can find any info. on harvesting peat? Or growing medicinal herbs as crops?

  8. Anonymous

    i am very interested in the 2/tone impatients you had this year/ i run on to them by accident at a nursury.. wish i could buy direct from you or you had a catalog…come next spring

    thanks