MSU Extension’s floriculture educational and applied research programs help improve greenhouse crop production and business management by providing trusted information on new production techniques statewide.Newsletter Sign-up
The Floriculture & Greenhouse Crop Production Team at Michigan State University is composed of extension educators and outreach specialists with responsibilities in commercial greenhouse crops, staff at Diagnostic Services, and faculty members in the Departments of Horticulture, Entomology, and Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences. The Team has a strong relationship with the greenhouse industry in the state. The goals of our team are outlined below:
The MSU Floriculture Team serves Michigan's vibrant and expanding floriculture industry. According to the USDA Floriculture Crops 2015 Summary:
In 2015, Michigan led the nation in value of sales for 14 floriculture crop segments: flats of begonias, seed geraniums, impatiens, and petunias; hanging baskets of begonias, vegetative geraniums, impatiens, and petunias, and other bedding plants; potted seed geraniums, petunias, hostas, and Easter lilies; and transplants of herbaceous perennials. Michigan growers also produced the second-most valuable crop in 8 market segments: flats of New Guinea impatiens and marigolds; hanging baskets of New Guinea impatiens; potted vegetative geranium, other bedding plants, garden mums, and flowering bulbs; and transplants of annual bedding/garden plants.
For more insights into Michigan's floriculture industry, read the Michigan Floriculture Blossoms article published in 2014 by Farm Flavor magazine and supported by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.
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