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Virus throttles Florida’s lucrative ornamental plant industry (Interview)

How is COVID-19 pandemic affecting the ornamental plant industry in Florida?

Follow this interview by AFP news to a nursery grower and UF/IFAS Extension expert in Miami-Dade County

By AFP. The palm trees that line many US boulevards, the orchids sold in supermarkets, the bushes that form park hedges — many of these plants come from Florida. And sales have collapsed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a sudden halt to this year’s crop, throttling the industry just as it was reaching high season with the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.

“This is the period that the hibiscus is blooming. If we don’t sell them, we’re going to have to eat it in our salad,” said Francisco Gonzalez, the owner of Primavera Nursery, a small nursery in Homestead, just south of Miami…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a sudden halt to this year’s crop of ornamental plants, throttling the industry just as it was reaching high season