HRI infographic highlights trade flows

US: Where do plants go?

The Horticultural Research Institute, the US green industry’s foundation for research and scholarships, has released “Where Do Plants Go,” an infographic using recent statistics collected by researchers and published in The Journal of Environmental Horticulture.



The infographic showcases the interregional trade of plant products data collected in the National Green Industry Survey conducted by the Green Industry Research Consortium. The survey was supported by a grant from the Horticultural Research Institute.

Plants remain in production area
An interesting result from the research is the fact that the 85.6 percent of the plants produced in the USA tend to remain in the areas in which they are initially produced. 12.8 percent are distributed outside their originating region and just 1 percent is going international.

Midwest and Southeast biggest purchasers
The Midwest and the Southeast region increased its plant purchases since 2008 and currently account account for 46 percent of the plant purchases nationwide. To clarify, between 2008 and 2013, the Midwest increased its plant purchases by 5.7 percent and the Southeast by 5.9.

Alaska largest out-of-state sales
Alaska is the state with the largest out-of-state sales, (93.8 percent), followed by Delaware (55.9 percent), Virginia (45.8 percent) and Akansas (47.8 percent) and North Carolina (41.6 percent)

“Once again, HRI funding has made this national green industry survey possible, filling the gap between government-sponsored research and expensive market research reports,” states Dr. Charlie Hall, research participant in the Green Industry Research Consortium. “These data will make a big difference in our state and national policy debates affecting the green industry!”

Click here to see the infographic.

For more information 
Horticulture Research Institute 
www.hriresearch.org

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