Scotts Miracle-Gro is the largest lawn and garden supplier in the world with 2.83 billion dollars in yearly sales. Most folks in the garden world know Scott’s also owns Miracle-Gro fertilizer as well as Ortho brand of garden chemicals. They actually own quite a few other business as well, including the US brands,
Scotts Lawn Service
In The United Kingdom Scotts owns,
Gavita Holland B.V.
With this many brands under their umbrella it’s no wonder Scotts dominates the home garden market.
I imagine Scotts, like many large corporations, has grown as much as it can without making new acquisitions. The two most interesting recent acquisitions by Scotts are General Hydroponics, and Vermicrop Organics, both deeply involved the marijuana industry through their fertilizers, soil amendments and pesticides. Scotts is a very conservative company, famously banning employees from smoking tobacco on, or off work. This venture into the marijuana industry shows just how mainstream cannabis is becoming here in California, and likely elsewhere.
One common theme heard from our customers here at the nursery is that Monsanto, the research chemical company, owns Scotts Miracle-Gro. This is not true, though Scotts and Monsanto do work closely together. Scotts is the exclusive distributor of vegetation killer ‘Round-Up’, a Monsanto invention and bought Ortho Lawn Care from the company in 1999.
Seems horticulture, like many other trades or industries, tends to fragment along two opposing segments. The largest players like Scotts, Monsanto, Home Depot, and Wal Mart take the lion’s share of the dollars spent in Home and Garden. Contrasted against this are smaller operations that tend to offer a different course, like organics, permaculture, or custom local advice. I imagine going forward the marijuana trade will fragment in the same way. “This bud’s for you” vs. “grown locally, by locals”. It’s interesting, as more and more garden space in being paved over in asphalt, both here and in Europe (¼ of front gardens in Britain now paved over), these ‘garden’ companies grow larger, and larger.