Guatemala: The Ornamental Plant Trade

125 companies are engaged in the production and export of ornamental plants, flowers and foliage, generating more than $86 million in revenue in 2014 alone.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Companies in this sector plan expect to close 2015 with an increase of 5% in exports of ornamental plants compared to 2014, although the European market has yet to regain the levels of imports of plants and flowers it had before the crisis that erupted in 2009. Outside the European market, the United States remains the main destination for ornamental flowers and foliage from Guatemala, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Central America and Asia.

"... Brigitte Obrock, coordinator of the Committee of Ornamental Foliage and Flowers of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT), says that this year they expect to grow by 5% compared with 2014, when they exported US $86 million ... She stressed that the species pony, together with more than 10 ornamental species, such as izote, roses, sanseverias, pothos, croton, dracaenas, ivy, peperomias, tillandsias, leather leaf and orchids reflected an increase in 2014 of 9% in exports, registering $20 million. " reported that "... The major growing areas are in the central highlands, for growing flowers; the high and lowlands in the the North for cut foliage, and for ornamental plants the whole country. "

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