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Number of flower growing companies in the Netherlands 2007-2019

The number of flower growers in the Netherlands decreased by half during the last decade. The biggest decrease was seen in 2010, when there were 228 less flower growing companies than the year before. In 2019, there were around 850 flower growing companies in the Netherlands, a mere 40 percent of the number of companies in 2007. However, contrary to what this statistic suggests, the revenue of flower sales actually increased during this period.

Market consolidation

The decrease of the amount of flower growing companies in the Netherlands should be regarded in the context of market consolidation. While more than half of the growers officially closed their businesses, the other half more than doubled in size. This points to a trend of merging and upscaling in the flower growing industry. Since 2000, the average physical size of the glasshouses used by flower growing companies increased from roughly one hectare of glass to two hectares in 2019.
The decrease in the number of growers was not uncommon when looking at the agricultural sector in its entirety. For instance, the number of greenhouse horticulture farms in the Netherlands also nearly halved since 2007.


In 2019, roses were the most-sold flowers at the flower auctions from Royal FloraHolland, the largest flower auctioneer in the world. 3.3 billion roses were sold in that year, making the flower of love nearly twice as popular as the runner-up, the chrysanthemum, which is often associated with death in European cultures. With cut flowers being the main generators of revenue at Royal FloraHolland's auctions, they can be regarded as represent the main export product of the Dutch horticulture industry.

Number of flower growing companies in the Netherlands from 2007 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2007 to 2019

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