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TPIE 2019 Wrap Up

The Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association hosted its annual Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) from January 16-18 in Ft. Lauderdale. Each year, the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) is just as excited to share our horticulture research to support the industry as we are to see the new varieties of plants available.

The TPIE 2019 entrance to the showroom of exhibitor booths and showcases. Photo Credit FNGLA Facebook Page

At TPIE 2019, growers and suppliers have the opportunity to showcase tropical and foliage plants on trend this year and talk about consumer bases. Key market drivers include millennial consumer preferences and product design elements.

Christine Boland, an international trends analyst, spoke more about these drivers at the TPIE Opening Ceremony with the presentation entitled ‘The Principles of Progress.’ In addition to aesthetics, the mental health benefits and air purification of plants were highlighted to show that ‘form and function’ are priorities of consumers.

Christine Boland, an international trends analyst, talks about industry trends in product design and millennial consumer preferences at the TPIE Opening Ceremony. Photo Credit FNGLA Facebook Page

In total, 23 new plants were displayed on the TPIE showroom floor that have yet to be introduced to the market. The new tropical and foliage plants mirror the demands of millennials and design with increased sales of both indoor and landscape plants for warm climates. Check out this article about the 20 trends at this year’s TPIE.

Biological scientists Matthew Creech and Katherine Houben explained to TPIE attendees MREC research areas and the benefits of scientific research on the horticulture industry.

MREC’s booth had the opportunity to chat to attendees about beneficial bugs, banker plants, plant tissue culture. CRISPR-Cas9 biotechnology, greenhouse foliage diseases, medicinal Florida native plants, plant drying techniques and troublesome weeds.

The MREC team always enjoys interacting with the TPIE crowd and answering any questions about our research and teaching programs.  For more information about our research and teaching programs, head on over to our website.

UF CALS plant science students attended the National Horticulture Foundation to connect with the industry. NHF generously supports students with academic scholarships. Photo Credit FNGLA Facebook Page

The strides the industry takes year to year was evident in every display on the showroom floor and we are happy to be part of such a colorful, flourishing industry.

For more information about the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, their horticulture certificates and industry job board, please visit their website.

For more information about the National Horticulture Foundation, their academic scholarship deadlines and commitment to industry research, please visit their website.

We look forward to TPIE 2020!

2 Comments on “TPIE 2019 Wrap Up

  1. Your picture of maiden hair fern is not the Pedatum species ( or five finger fern) I would like to know if the Pedatum species can be grown in shady,sandy soil Tampa gardens. And, if so where can I buy sevreal?


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