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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 Horicultural Science Department 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

Commercial FloricultureCommercial Floriculture

Our Floriculture program disseminates trial data and information needed to address topics of crop information, production, marketing, and sale of bedding plants, cut flowers, potted flowering plants, foliage plants, flower arrangements, software and resources.

Cut FlowersCutflowers

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


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.

Flower Informational LeafletsFlower Bouquet

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

Ornamental InfoSearchFloriculture InfoSearch

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.