Commercial Ornamentals Program


The nursery industry in Miami-Dade County is large and diverse. There are more than 1500 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, and site visits are arranged as needed. Phone consultation is another way we serve the industry.



New Pest Alert

Relevant information on

WhiteFly Biotype Q

Pest Information

Management for Nurseries 

Upcoming Classes

For more information on upcoming Nursery Production classes go to the Extension Calendar of Events.

For direct notification please send an email to and subscribe to Nursery production email list.

Safety at Work


OSHA Updates for Plant Nurseries:

a. OSHA: Hazard Communication Guide for Employers

b. Examples of Hazard Communication Programs (Ranked #1 hazard in an OSHA inspection)

- Example #1

- Example #2

- Example #3

c. Free OSHA consultation by University educators (not inspectors)


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.

Zika and outdoor workers OSHA

Zika and outdoor workers CDC

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.

Zika y trabajadores aire libre OSHA

Como Protegerse de las Picadas de Mosquitos CDC

Worker Protection Standard (Pesticide)

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Para leer en Español

Statewide Newsletter!


Plant Disease Reports

 Plant Insect Warning

Giant African Land Snail (GALS)

Other Pests

Class Materials

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