Thursday, March 26, 2009

Who influences purchases of native plants?

MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS--Native plants are a growing niche market in the
southeastern United States. Researchers have documented recent trends toward
increased interest in native plants by landscape architects, wholesale and
retail nursery owners, and home gardeners. But landscape professionals and
amateur gardeners purchase native plants for distinctly different reasons.
Statistics reveal that landscape architects most often select native species
because they are suited to difficult or unique growing conditions, while
retail plant buyers purchase native plants based on recommendations from
landscape architects and contractors.

Check out the data files for this question at: ASHS Horticulture File

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.