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 Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF):



Preguntas Frecuentes OFF


Upcoming Classes

Date Location & Time
October 21, 2015

Registration (online)
A minimum of 10 participants required. Otherwise, class will be postponed until further notice

Worker Protection Standard (WPS) TTT class in English: The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules on Mondy to aim at strengthening 20-year-old Worker Protection Standard designed to protect farmworkers from toxic pesticides. Become a TTT for you to train your agricultural workers in your own nursery, farm or grove

UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County office, located at 18710 SW 288 St., Homestead, Fla. 33030

8:45 am - 12:45pm

Safety at Work! OSHA/GHS Updates for Plant Nurseries

a. OSHA: Hazard Communication Guide for Employers

b. 3 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)

Worker Protection Standard (Pesticide)

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