Specialty Cut Flower Production and Postharvest Handling
The United States cut flower industry grows and markets a diverse range of species including flowers, foliage, branches, and fruits. As production of the major greenhouse cuts – carnations, chrysanthemums, and roses – has declined, production of specialty cut flowers has increased dramatically and is now the mainstay of the cut flower industry. Specialty cuts include important greenhouse-grown species such as alstroemeria, lilies, lisianthus, gerberas, orchids, snapdragons, and tulips and field-grown species such as celosia, delphinium, gladiolus, iris, larkspur, sunflower, and zinnia.
Source: • American Floral Endowment Special Research Reports #418