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Pink water lilies

Floriculture is a branch of horticulture addressing flower and ornamental plant cultivation and propagation of flowering plants for gardens, greenhouses, nurseries, and landscapes comprising the floral industry. Floriculture crops include bedding plants, houseplants, flowering gardens, and potted plants, cut cultivated greens, and cut flowers.

The Department of Horticultural Science focuses on major flowering plants, cut flowers, nutrition, pests, greenhouse management, technology, business and cultivation techniques. Our research clarifies growth and flowering habits for ornamentals, identifies mechanisms and disorders interfering with production and regulation.

Floriculture Resources

Cut Flowers

Cut flowers are subject to new marketing trends and advancements in plant materials, equipment, and production techniques. Explore the cut flower portal to help you stay abreast of changes with our constant production research, tool, and resource development.

Electronic Grower Resources Online

e-GRO (Electronic Grower Resources Online) is a collaborative effort of floriculture specialists to create a new clearinghouse for alerts about the disease, insect, environmental, physiological, and nutritional disorders being observed in commercial greenhouses. Information is available about disorders, podcasts, and research.

Flower Publications

Are looking for additional floriculture resources? Read our information leaflets on bed preparation, edible flowers, spring bulbs, wildflowers, and stress-tolerant plants.


Visit the Poinsettia portal for the latest, most complete informational resource. The trial program evaluates trial information from four participating locations in cooperation with poinsettia breeder companies since 1993.

Floriculture Information Library

Use the Floriculture search engine for all your floriculture questions. It is designed to provide you floriculture scientific literature, trade magazines, association websites, the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive, and further NC State University archival resources.