Profile of the Virginia Commercial Greenhouse Industry

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Holly L. ScogginsDepartment of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0327.

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Joyce G. LatimerDepartment of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0327.

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Victoria T. BardenDepartment of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0327.

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A survey was conducted in 2000-01 to provide a comprehensive description of Virginia's commercial greenhouse industry. A total of 274 responses were analyzed. Responses were categorized based on the amount of heated greenhouse space: small, medium, large, or other (including part-time). The survey included questions about growing space, number of employees, education and experience of respondent, crops grown, gross receipts, and target markets. Seventy-five percent of the respondents were owners or owners/growers and respondents reported an average of 15 years experience. Most greenhouse operations were classified as small or less than 10,000 ft2 (929.0 m2). A wide variety of crops were reported, with more than 50% growing bedding plants and nearly 50% growing herbaceous perennials in the greenhouse. Market outlets were about equally divided between wholesale and retail.

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