PRODUCTION OF SELECTED ORNAMENTAL SPECIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA
P. L. Neel
According to the U.S. census of agriculture, the 8 southeastern states in the U.S. (Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Ky., Miss., Tenn., and Va.) sold nearly $47 million worth of nursery products in 1969. The value of these sales for the 8 states rose some 458% between 1949 and 1969 (5). These data, as reported, are considerably less than the actual values for the whole ornamentals industry because the census did not cover all the firms engaged in the nursery business, such as turf, foliage, plants and flowers. A more recent report (4) indicates that the value of woody ornamentals sold in Florida during 1974 amounted to about $38 million. During the same year, the Florida flower industry sold some $66 million worth of products, the Florida foliage industry some $65 million, and the turf industry some $30 million, for a combined total of $199 million for the total ornamentals industry in Florida in 1974.
The ornamentals industry has been one of the fastest expanding segments of agriculture in
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