November 2018

Features

State of the Industry

Sales and profits

Sales gains outweighed the losses for those who responded to our survey this year, but the profit improvements didn’t fare as well.

Labor

Labor is typically the common denominator in the successes and concerns of a production nursery, which is why the tightening labor market is causing such a conundrum with growers.

Prices and marketing

More than three-quarters of responders said they raised plant prices in 2018, which would have been inconceivable in previous years’ surveys.

Landscape market

Landscape contractors realized an increase in profits despite labor woes and high fuel prices that are causing concerns in the market.

Greenhouse Market

Finding qualified, reliable staff has become even more of a challenge for greenhouse growers, who also faced a cold start to spring and trucking roadblocks this year.