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Ornamental Production

The nursery industry in Miami-Dade County is large and diverse. There are more than 1,500 nurseries in the county, and they produce everything from bedding plants to tropical foliage to tender perennials. We are the #1 county in Florida for ornamentals production and #2 in the country.

Our plants go to nurseries and garden centers all over the southern and eastern U.S. A surprisingly large number of our palms and other tropicals end up in malls and office buildings all over the U.S., and in Canada and Europe.

Field-grown palm and shade tree production is concentrated on the marl soils in eastern Miami-Dade. Large shrubs are also produced, often inter-planted with palms and trees.

Container-grown palms, trees, shrubs, and tender perennials treated as shrubs are produced in The Redland Agricultural District on rockland, often with tropical fruit and tropical vegetable crops as neighbors.

Walk-in diagnostic and plant identification services are available at the office, phone consultations and site visits can also be arranged. 

Production Updates/News

Information for Commercial Growers

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Safety at Work 

Coronavirus Safety Fact Sheets for Agriculture:

OSHA Updates for Plant Nurseries:

Example #1   Example #2 Example #3 

Mosquitos and Zika virus protection for outdoor workers:

Protection for outdoor workers (English)

Outdoor workers may be at the greatest risk of exposure to Zika virus, which is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Your employer should inform you about the risk of exposure through mosquito bites and how to protect yourself.

Protección para trabajadores al aire libre (Spanish)

Los trabajadores al aire libre pueden estar en el riesgo mayor de exposición al virus del Zika, que se transmite principalmente por las picaduras (o las picadas) de mosquitos infectados. Su empleador debe informarle sobre el riesgo de exposición por las picaduras de mosquitos y cómo protegerse a sí mismo.

 Warnings on Insects and Pests for Growers

Weather and Climate



Qingchun Liu, Ph.D Commercial Ag/Ornamentals Extension Agent I 305-679-0241

Office Address 18710 SW 288 St. Homestead, FL 33030

Fax: (305) 246-2932

Hours Monday - Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM

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