Matthew Chappell, Assistant Professor and Extension Horticulturist – Nursery Production, Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
Gary W. Knox, Extension Specialist and Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture, North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida.
Each year, one of the first questions both seasoned and new nursery producers, managers and owners asks is, “What plants should be propagated and/or grown in the upcoming season(s)?” Answering this question requires a complex equation of inputs ranging from the type of nursery operation that exists to physical location and market trends. For this reason, the answer to this question varies for each person or business. This publication describes several important factors that must be considered to properly assess which ornamental crops should be grown and which market niches exist that may dictate crop selection.
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