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Damage to a Homestead FL nursery from Hurricane Irma, September 2017

plant damage after hurricane

We continue to feel the shortages of September’s Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma in September 2017 destroyed most of the indoor plant crops and did heavy damage to the plant nurseries in the Homestead/Miami area, and we unfortunately are continuing to feel the effects with massive shortages of material.

We only experienced this big of a disruption to our supply chain only once before, in September of 2005, when Hurricane Wilma also devastated the indoor foliage industry in Miami.



These were Aspidistra floor plants shown at the left.  The plants, and the shade house that covered them, are long gone.

plant nursery order list

“TEMP OUT” is pretty much the only thing shown in the availability column from this nursery

80-90% Out of Stock

As you can see from the availability list I’ve loaded to the left, we’re faced with unprecedented availability issues.   This is one of our lists from January, from a trusted nursery partner, Rose of Sharon Nurseries.

If you look closely, in the far right column you’ll see “TEMP OUT” on item after item, fully 90% of the page.  Usually all of these items would be readily available.  It’s this way across the board at all our nurseries we buy from.

Unfortunately, when a storm like this wipes out both the crops and the nurseries themselves, it’s a while before things recover.  New crops must be grown and greenhouses must be rebuilt.  Many of our partners just began shipping again in December.  Supply is limited and demand is high, so those plants that become available are quickly bought up by all interiorscape companies around the country.

What Does This Mean?

We hope this situation resolves itself as soon as possible.  We’re scouring the network of nurseries we’ve bought from over the years, trying to get as much material as we can for new installations and replacements.  In the meantime, we ask for your understanding and flexibility while we deal with this disruption. Some things to keep in mind:

  • New/Replacement plants may be undersized, due to the unusually cold winter in Florida and the fact that new plants aren’t growing so quickly

  • We may need to replace plants with plants of equal size/value but not necessarily the same species.   We have very little control over this right now.  Even asking to see examples of what’s available is very difficult, since when we put an order in for foliage we may or may not get it at the time–we have to hope we get our order in while they have stock left on certain plants.

  • This should all be over soon–Springtime in Florida means sunnier weather, warmer temperatures, and more availability.  Things are tough now, but they’ll improve with time.  However, based on past experience I’d say it would be April or May before we see things back to normal.

  • We’re doing our best!  Please be flexible and patient with things while we do whatever we can to make your replacements for you and source new plants.

Thank you for your understanding, things will be back to normal soon!

Best Regards,

Terry Lannan