The State of Mexico grows 77 percent of mum flowers produced in the whole country, said Marilyn Juárez Trejo, a graduate from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico’s (UAEM) campus in Tenancingo. The bulk of production comes from Villa Guerrero, Tenancingo, Coatepec Harinas and Zumpahuacán, all of which are in the state’s southern and central regions, she pointed out.
In her “Analysis of the Flower Production in Tenancingo, State of Mexico,” Juárez Trejo writes that the state’s flower production amounts to over 80 percent of the country’s total and that it has become Mexico’s major exporter at a national level.
Today, flower culture and the growing of ornamental plants have seen an increase in their economic relevance, said Juárez Trejo. Around 56 square miles (145 square kilometers) of land are used for flower cultivation in the country, with 90 percent of it concentrated in only five states. Mexico has around 10,000 flower producers, 95 per cent of them either small- or mid-sized business owners, she added.
But despite dedicating the third most amount of land to flower cultivation, Mexico remains absent among the top flower producers in the world, she said.