UK-grown hardy nursery stock was down 1.7 per cent at £783m, protected crops were down 2.2 per cent at £321m and flowers and bulbs grown in the open were up 7.8 per cent at £45m. Overall production was £1.149bn, down from £1.166bn.
Ornamental imports cost just below £1.1 billion, a fall of 4.4 per cent. The Netherlands accounted for 75 per cent of imports, mainly other cut flowers, indoor plants and roses.
Kenya accounted for five per cent of imports, mainly cut roses and carnations. Italy was 2.8 per cent, as was Belgium. Columbia was 3.8 per cent and the rest was 'others'.
Imports of cut flowers showed a 3.6 per cent decrease, imports of bulbs a 13 per cent decrease and a 3.9 per cent fall in other ornamental imports.
Exports of ornamentals were worth £56 million in 2015, similar to 2014.