Larson, Roy A. Department of Horticulture, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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- Florist crop production
- Plant breeding
- Wholesale marketing
- Retail floriculture
- Home gardening
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The segment of horticulture concerned with the commercial production, marketing, and sale of plants grown and used for decorative or display purposes. Floriculture is a branch of horticulture, that is, the art and science of growing plants, specifically for the cultivation and management of ornamental and flowering plants for commercial and gardening objectives (see illustration). In totality, floriculture encompasses all aspects of the floral industry. Bedding plants, cut flowers, potted flowering plants, and foliage plants are important products of floriculture. Flower arrangements and noncommercial home gardening also fall under the umbrella of floriculture. See also: Agricultural science (plant); Botany; Flower; Horticultural crops; Ornamental plants; Plant; Plant growth
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