Flowering Plants Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $5 to $7 per square foot of greenhouse
Market Outlets Retail florists, grocery stores, retail garden centers, mass merchandisers
Market Potential Good
Profit Potential $0 to $20 per square foot per year (gross)
Adapted Areas All, best near urban areas or other major markets
Labor Requirements Moderate to high, depending on mechanization level. Generally one to three employees per 10,000 square feet.
Equipment Requirements Greenhouse facility
Soil Requirements None
Water Requirements Large volume of high quality irrigation water.
Minimum Size 15,000 square feet
Risk Factor Moderate
Other Limiting Factors Production of flowering plants (i.e., chrysanthemums, kalanchoes, etc.) requires intensive management and technical skills. markets can be limited for low volume producers.
Comments Most flowering plant production is associated with holidays. Although year-round scheduling is possible, summer months can be slow.

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