2017 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The Complete List, and More

2016 Top 100 Growers ListIn Greenhouse Grower’s annual Top 100 Growers ranking, the story remains mostly the same, as the largest growers in the country continue to grow and consolidate and capture additional market share. Accounting for 245,028,051 square feet, Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers for 2017 now represent 60% of the industry, if measured against the total greenhouse space (409 million square feet) listed in USDA’s 2015 Floriculture Crops Summary, and 32% of the market, compared to the USDA survey’s total covered area figure (737 million square feet).

This year’s big moves happened as the survey was circulating, with No. 2 Costa Farms purchasing Delray Plants (No. 13 in 2016) in March. Dan & Jerry’s Greenhouses (No. 35t) also grew significantly after purchasing DeJong Greenhouses this winter. And with the Altman family (who also own No. 3 Altman Farms) purchasing The Plug Connection in October and EuroAmerican Propagators in March, and combining the two operations, they have become two-time Top 100 Growers in 2017. The Plug Connection makes its debut on the list at No. 65.


Toward the end of 2016, Skagit Gardens and Northwest Horticulture merged, and now the combined operation, Skagit Horticulture, ranks at No. 23.

Growers who have expanded significantly over the past year include Altman Farms, up nearly 1.5 million square feet (s.f.), Metrolina Greenhouses, up 400,000 s.f.; Color Point, up 427,195 s.f.; Green Circle Growers, up 300,000 s.f.; Smith Gardens, up 300,000 s.f.; Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, up 275,000 s.f.; Headstart Nursery, up 206,000 s.f.; and N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, up 100,000 s.f.

Check out the complete list below!

2017 Rank2016 RankName Of OperationState2017 Total (Environmentally Controlled Square Feet)U.S. Acreage (Shade Houses)U.S. Acreage (Field Production)
11Color Spot NurseriesCA21,000,0002062,603
22Costa FarmsFL18,787,4161,241990
33Altman PlantsCA15,483,00060480
44Kurt Weiss GreenhousesNY9,238,2323095
55Rocket FarmsCA8,305,120
67Metrolina GreenhousesNC7,500,00040229
76Bell Nursery USAMD7,400,000
88Color PointKY5,227,2006
910Green Circle GrowersOH5,000,00023
109Seville Farms*TX4,800,000522
1111The Sun Valley Group*CA4,000,000
1212Ivy AcresNY3,950,250180
1415Milgro Nursery*UT3,500,000
1516Olson's Greenhouse GardensUT3,263,50345
1627Natural Beauty (previously Floral Plant Growers)WI3,143,00010
1722Dallas Johnson GreenhousesIA2,875,00010
18t17tMatsui NurseryCA2,800,000
18t17tWoodburn Nursery and Azaleas*OR2,800,0002
18t23tSmith GardensWA2,800,000161
2125Headstart NurseryCA2,661,00012
2220Aris Horticulture*OH2,631,46065
2328Skagit HorticultureWA2,600,000420
2421Wenke/Sunbelt GreenhousesMI2,570,04077
2523tBay City Flowers*CA2,500,000
2619Bela Flor NurseriesMO2,352,24042
2726Tagawa Greenhouse EnterprisesCO2,200,000
2829N.G. Heimos Greenhouses Inc.IL2,160,760123
2930Bergen's GreenhouseMN2,099,8655
3031Battlefield FarmsVA1,960,200522
3133Dan Schantz FarmPA1,814,38110
3234Riverview Flower FarmFL1,785,9603215
3341Dewar NurseriesFL1,778,74546208
3435Plant MarketingWI1,770,2797
3537Garden State GrowersNJ1,742,400125
35t45Dan and Jerry's GreenhouseMN1,742,4004
3757Heartland GrowersIN1,742,000
3838Valley FlowersCA1,740,000
3939DeLeon's BromeliadsFL1,723,93951
4042Young's Plant FarmAL1,705,00034
4162Lucas GreenhousesNJ1,655,06035
4243Ocean Breeze International*CA1,614,000
4344Westland Floral Company*CA1,600,000
4456Four Star GreenhousesMI1,598,801
4546Post GardensMI1,527,000
4636Grower Direct FarmsCT1,524,6002
4748Van Wingerden InternationalNC1,524,60012
48t47Kawahara Nurseries*CA1,500,00015
48t54tKitayama BrothersCA1,500,0005
5049Sawyer NurseryMI1,438,154886
5150Bailey Nurseries*MN1,437,490
5251tHenry Mast Greenhouses/Masterpiece Flower Co.MI1,420,0009
5353Willoway NurseriesOH1,418,340850
5451tRockwell FarmsNC1,410,00021
5554tPanzer NurseryOR1,400,0002
5658tJohannes FlowersCA1,307,000
5758tAmerican ColorVA1,306,80012
58t60Nash GreenhousesMI1,300,000
58t63tRichardon Brothers GreenhousesIL1,300,000
6066Corso's PerennialsOH1,229,77221
6161Masson Farms of New MexicoNM1,219,68062
62t63tArmstrong GrowersCA1,200,00012103
62t63tYoung's Nursery and GreenhousesTN1,200,000
64NRThe Plug ConnectionCA1,170,00029
6568Bob's Market and GreenhousesWV1,089,0003
66t70tHarts NurseryOR1,000,00021
66t70tVan de Wetering GreenhousesNY1,000,0006
66t70tWelby Gardens Co./Hardy Boy Plants-HardystartsCO1,000,000232
6974Pineae Greenhouses, Inc.UT991,00040
7079Red Oak GreenhousesIA958,320
7176South Central GrowersTN902,00016
7275Dramm and Echter Inc.CA900,000
7377Petitti/Casa Verde GrowersOH895,0005
7478Countryside Greenhouse and Farm MarketMI875,00025
7573Myriad Flowers InternationalCA871,20055
7680White's Nursery and Greenhouses*VA860,0005
77t81Twixwood Nursery*MI851,000
7982tKent's Bromeliad NurseryCA840,000
8084Botany Lane Greenhouses*CO827,64014
8185Baucom's NurseryNC800,00023128
8286Plainview GrowersNJ784,00015
8387Olive Hill GreenhousesCA760,000
8488California PajarosaCA750,00016
8595Green Valley GreenhousesMN746,0005
8694Sedan FloralKS742,156
87t89tEsbenshades Greenhouse*PA740,000
87t89tPlants UnlimitedMI740,000
89t91tGroLink Plant CompanyCA700,00064
89t91tKnox NurseryFL700,000
9193Parks Brothers FarmAR675,00010
92t96tGreen Valley FloralCA650,000
92t96tLoop's Nursery and GreenhousesFL650,0003
9498McLellan Botanicals Taisuco America Corp.*CA646,29472
9599Hillister (part of Seville Farms)TX638,77211
96100Cuthbert GreenhousesOH631,8073
97NRPleasant View GardensNH662,0008
98NRTidal Creek GrowersMD621,455511
99NRMicandy Gardens Green HouseMI579,720
100NREmerald Coast GrowersFL514,000120

NR = not ranked; t = tie; * = estimate