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Garden & Plant Nurseries – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 0181  |  NAICS 111421

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Nursery Plant & Flower Growing  (view report)
Nursery Stock & Flower Wholesaling  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

GIE Media, Inc.
Nursery Management / archived-issues

Monthly trade publication features news and information for wholesale nursery growers, with special features including the annual "State of the Industry" report included in November issue which covers topics such as crop production plans, sales and profits, prices and marketing, labor and wages, and shipping and product distribution. Archived digital editions of the publication are available free online.

Greenhouse Grower Magazine
State of the Industry Survey

Annual survey of commercial greenhouse growers and grower-retailers provides a detailed profile of the industry, with topics covered by the survey including owner and business characteristics, annual sales volume and production trends, types of plants grown and production plans for year ahead, top business concerns and issues, operational goals for next three years, and capital expenditure plans.

Greenhouse Management Magazine
State of the Industry Report

Annual report summarizes reader responses to an online survey, with topics addressed in the report including projected change in sales and profits for the year ahead, planned changes in production by product category, overall increase in prices, percentage sales by customer category, hiring practices and challenges, increases in salaries and hourly wages, and top challenges in growing the business.

National Agriculture Statistical Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Resources available from this organization include:

Census of Horticultural Specialties
Periodic report provides detailed information on nursery stock, floriculture, and other specialty crops, with information provided in the report including sales by product category, annual sales volume, and distribution channel (e.g., wholesale, retail); value of land, buildings, and equipment and total square footage used for production; and production expenses by product category and annual sales volume.

Floriculture Crops
Annual report provides detailed information on the floriculture industry by state for 15 program states, with information provided in the report including annual wholesale sales by product category; number of producers by annual sales and product category; production area by cover type; and quantity sold, percentage of quantity sold at wholesale, wholesale price, and wholesale sales by product category.

The Business Research Company
Greenhouse, Nursery, and Flowers

BRC research report provides an in-depth analysis of this product sector on a global basis, with data provided in the report including market size and forecast by type (e.g., food crops grown under cover, nursery and floriculture production), market (e.g., B2B, B2C), and region (e.g., USA) and companies profiled including Coasta Farms, Altman Plants, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, and Color Spot Nurseries.

Nursery & Floriculture Production Market Analysis  Search for "111421"

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Nursery & Floriculture Production  Search for "111421"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Nursery Plant & Flower Growing
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for establishments that grow and sell nursery plants (e.g., trees, shrubs, and garden plants) and flowers and related products (e.g., perennials, bedding plants, potted flowers, cut flowers, cultivated greens and foliage, and flower seeds and bulbs) on a wholesale or retail basis.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Plant / Tree Nursery

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as nursery manager, greenhouse manager, horticulturist, arborist, pesticide sprayer, nursery worker, sales associate, and truck driver, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Armstrong Garden Centers, Inc., Bordine Nursery, Ltd., Smith Gardens, Inc., and Costa Farms, LLC.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
Farm Workers and Laborers: Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse / workers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for the above occupational categories, which include nursery and greenhouse managers who direct, control, and coordinate activities involved in planting, growing, and harvesting trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants and the workers who perform these activities. All wage data is available free online.

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