North Carolina is one of the lead production states for floriculture/greenhouse production, ranked 4th in the nation with over $234M in value based on the 2015 USDA statics. Research at NC State is primarily focused on problem solving industry-related production issues. Basic research and an active ornamental plant breeding program round out a holistic focus of the floriculture research efforts.
Plant Growth Regulators
One of the basic building blocks of plant growth is mineral nutrition. The NC State Floriculture program focuses on optimal pH, electrical conductivity, and fertilizer concentration research. Current projects focus on phosphorus nutrition and hydrangea bluing. The focus is to optimize fertilizer performance for greenhouse growers in order to minimize the impact to the environment.