With the holiday season upon us, you may have missed the recent release of the 2019
Many of us will bring a holiday tree into our home this year, bringing the outdoors inside to celebrate the season. According to the Census of Horticultural Specialties Report, cultivated trees numbered well over 118 million in 2019. Leading varieties included Fraser, Noble, and Douglas Firs. For those who desire the vibrant joy of poinsettias, production of this ancient medicinal Aztec plant is thriving. Data show 1,193 farms produced 46.7 million poinsettias last year, with California and North Carolina leading in the number of plants grown.
Simple traditions like a holiday tree or driving around town looking at lights are often the magic of the season. Is it time to incorporate a new tradition? How about placing a colorful wreath of protea flowers on your door? Flower producers grew 5.3 million protea stems and reported $5.5 million in sales in the United States last year, an increase of 36% from the last horticulture census. Protea wreaths come in an array of colors readily available for some holiday cheer. Alternatively, place an artful arrangement of cacti and succulents next to your holiday candles. In 2019, 18.1 million cacti and succulent plants sold were valued at $78.6 million. Resilient and beautifully complex, cacti and succulents are a fitting plant for the season.
It’s safe to say, whether indoors or outdoors, horticulture and holidays go together. Want to know more? Explore the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties