The green industry posted a solid spring season, with good sales in April, a little sluggish in early May, then a strong finish in late May and early June. With a few exceptions, weekend weather was favorable, which helped lead to increased sales over last year.
Garden center retailers continue to post mixed results due to tough competition from chain stores.
Wholesale nurseries report strong demand this spring continuing into summer.
Greenhouse growers mostly reported increased sales for spring 2019, year-over-year.
Steady numbers for new housing starts and existing home renovation indicate that good consumer demand for ornamentals should continue.
As with other agricultural sectors, labor supply and cost continues to be a major issue.