2019 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The Complete List, and More

2019 Top 100 growers featureTop 100 growers are feeling the pinch of increased labor and transportation costs, according to Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Survey for 2019. That may be why 85% say they’ll ask for more money for their plants in 2019. But price increases are just one strategy in their overall plan to remain profitable, as several growers reported they continue to automate, increase production efficiencies, and keep a close watch on labor costs, return on investment, and bottom-line profits.

Where do Top 100 Growers see production headed 20 years from now with the current influx of new technology? Fully integrated automation mostly, but also technology changes across the board that streamline efficiencies in RFID scanning, logistics, and inventory control, to name a few. Several growers predicted less product touches as automation continues to advance, more use of robotics, and widespread application of artificial intelligence. One grower even speculated the day might come when growers don’t walk a crop at all, instead relying on artificial intelligence to identify problems before they occur.

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Most Top 100 growers answering the question about the future of production agreed that technology now viewed as a luxury by some will be a necessity 20 years from now to remain competitive, and that new technology developments will continue to rapidly change the industry and how efficiently plants are produced in the greenhouse.

Top 100 Growers Continue to Expand

The total environmentally controlled square footage for all the Top 100 Growers this year is 229,758,444. The top 10 growers on the list account for 41% of the overall total with their combined 94,129,142 square feet of environmentally controlled production space. This is slightly up from their 2018 total of 93,796,762 square feet and equates to 23% of the total greenhouse space (409 million square feet) reported in the USDA Floriculture Crops for 2015, which will get an update sometime in May 2019.

Twenty Top 100 Growers reported adding production space this year. Despite that, reported environmental square footage dropped 10,530,587 this year compared to 2018.

The most significant move this year is Altman Plants’ shift to the No. 1 spot with the addition of 8,767,971 square feet of environmentally controlled space to its operation after the acquisition of Color Spot (No. 1 in 2018) Nurseries’ remaining assets. Plug Connection, a young plant grower ranked No. 64 this year with 1,096,100 of environmentally controlled space, also operates under the Altman Plants umbrella while acting as a separate entity to service the needs of its parent company as well as those of other growers.

The next largest addition of environmentally controlled space was Seville Growers with 250,000 square feet, which budged it up one spot to No. 7 for 2019. While several Top 100 Growers shifted either up or down one spot with square footage changes and displacement by newcomers to the Top 100 list, a few growers change in position rankings were notable, including Pineae Greenhouses’ new rank of No. 51, up 13 spots; Sedan Floral’s move up eight spots to No. 76; Natural Beauty Growers’ drop of eight spots to No. 25; and Garden State Growers 18-spot fall from No. 38 to No. 56.

Finally, three new operations join the list this year: Nash Greenhouses (No. 37), Maria Gardens (No. 68), Westerlay Orchids (No. 85), and Catoctin Mountain Growers (No. 89, tied with Knox Nursery).

Check out the complete list below!

2019 Rank2018 RankName Of OperationState2019 Total (Environmentally Controlled Square Feet)U.S. Acreage (Shade Houses)U.S. Acreage (Field Production)
12Altman PlantsCA25,886,000110758
23Costa Farms (M)FL15,064,7901,2521,061
34Kurt Weiss GreenhousesNY9,238,2323095
45Rocket Farms*CA8,305,120
5t6tBell Nursery USA (V)MD7,400,000
5t6tMetrolina Greenhouses (M)NC7,400,0000250
79Seville Farms (M)TX5,935,000420
88Color Point (M)KY5,800,00006
910Green Circle Growers (M)OH5,100,00008
1011The Sun Valley GroupCA4,000,000
1112Coastal Greenhouses (formerly Ivy Acres)NY3,950,2500180
1214Olson's Greenhouse Gardens (M)UT3,792,000055
1313Speedling (M)FL3,717,000
1415Milgro Nursery*UT3,500,000
1519Dallas Johnson Greenhouses (M)IA3,223,480010
1616Woodburn Nursery and Azaleas*OR3,200,00030350
1718Bela Flor NurseriesMO3,005,640095
18t20tMatsui Nursery*CA2,800,000
18t20tSmith GardensWA2,800,000161
2023Headstart Nursery*CA2,682,000012
2122Wenke/Sunbelt Greenhouses (M)MI2,657,16018
2224Aris Horticulture (M)OH2,631,460670
2325Skagit Horticulture (M)WA2,613,60010420
2427Bay City Flowers*CA2,500,000
2528Bergen's Greenhouses (V)MN2,396,07305
2617Natural Beauty GrowersWI2,381,000010
2726Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises (M)CO2,200,000
2829N.G. Heimos GreenhousesIL2,013,000119
2930Battlefield Farms (M)VA1,960,200522
3031Dan & Jerry's Greenhouses*MN1,960,00008
3132Dewar Nurseries* (M) (V)FL1,826,74549218
3233Dan Schantz Farm* (M)PA1,814,381010
3334Young's Plant Farm* (M)AL1,805,000032
3435Riverview Flower FarmFL1,785,9603215
3536Plant MarketingWI1,770,27907
3637Lucas GreenhousesNJ1,765,000034
37NRNash GreenhousesMI1,758,000
3839Valley Flowers*CA1,740,000
3940DeLeon's Bromeliads*FL1,723,93951
4041Grower Direct Farms (M)CT1,700,000
4142Ocean Breeze International*CA1,614,000
4243Westland Floral Company*CA1,600,000
4344Four Star GreenhousesMI1,598,801
4445Rockwell Farms (M)NC1,568,160021
4550Bailey NurseriesMN1,560,754
4646Post GardensMI1,527,000
4748Kawahara Nurseries (M)CA1,500,000150
4852Willoway Nurseries (M)OH1,482,3400850
4947Van Wingerden International (M)NC1,481,040012.5
5049Sawyer Nursery*MI1,438,154886
5164Pineae Greenhouses, Inc. (M)UT1,428,000030
5251Henry Mast Greenhouses/Masterpiece Flower Co.MI1,420,00009
5353Panzer NurseryOR1,400,0001.70
5454American Color (M)VA1,393,920010
5555Corso's Perennials (M)OH1,312,932046
5638Garden State GrowersNJ1,306,8000130
5757Richardson Brothers GreenhousesIL1,300,000
5863Kitayama BrothersCA1,250,000
5958Heartland Growers (M)IN1,226,682
60t60tArmstrong GrowersCA1,200,00012103
60t60tVan de Wetering Greenhouses (M)NY1,200,000
62t59Masson Farms of New MexicoNM1,132,56006
62t65Red Oak GreenhouseIA1,132,560
6462The Plug ConnectionCA1,096,10030
6566Welby Gardens Co./Hardy Boy Plants-HardystartsCO1,050,00000.5
6667Bob's Market and GreenhousesWV1,040,00004
6768South Central Growers (M)TN1,030,354017
68NRMaria GardensOH1,024,65004
6969Harts Nursery*OR1,000,000210
7071Petitti/Casa Verde GrowersOH930,000137
7172Dramm and Echter Inc.CA900,000
72t73tYoung's Nursery and GreenhousesTN871,200015
72t73tMyriad Flowers InternationalCA871,20055
7475Kube-PakNJ865,40005
75t70Countryside Greenhouse and Farm MarketMI860,000
75t76White's Nursery and GreenhousesVA860,00005
7785Sedan FloralKS852,135
7877Twixwood NurseryMI851,00011100
7978Baucom's NurseryNC850,0002125
8080tBotany Lane GreenhousesCO835,000320
8180tPlainview GrowersNJ827,640020
8283Olive Hill Greenhouses (M)CA760,000
83t79Kent's Bromeliad NurseryCA750,000
83t84California Pajarosa*CA750,00035
85NRWesterlay Orchids (M)CA748,920
8682Green Valley GreenhousesMN746,00007
87t86tEsbenshades GreenhousePA740,000
87t86tPlants UnlimitedMI740,000
89tNRCatoctin Mountain GrowersMD700,000011
89t88tKnox Nursery (M)FL700,000
9190Colorama Wholesale NurseryCA696,9608120
9291Fessler NurseryOR690,000
9392Pleasant View Gardens (M)NH682,174010
94t93tGreen Valley Floral*CA650,000
94t93tLoop's Nursery and Greenhouses*FL650,00002
94t96Andy Mast GreenhousesMI650,000020
9795McLellan Botanicals Taisuco American Corp.CA646,294072
9897Cuthbert GreenhousesOH632,00003
9999Tidal Creek GrowersMD621,455511
100100Micandy Gardens GreenhouseMI605,00000