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.



Upcoming Classes

Class, Location & Time
Thursday, April 16, 2015



Ornamental Plant Disease in Spanish (Manejo de plagas en plantas ornamentales en Español!)

Miami-Dade Extension      18710 SW 288th ST. Homestead, Florida 33030

8:50am - 12:00pm


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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