California: 1st-annual indoor flower production boosts production and profits, report says

California’s indoor gardening industry has grown over the past year and a half.

The industry grew an average of 19 percent in 2017 and $1.6 billion in sales, according to a report from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The department’s report, which was released Tuesday, also said that the indoor industry contributed $2.1 billion in new economic activity in 2017.

The state’s indoor growers produce around 5.7 million plants annually.

They employ roughly 5,200 workers, the department reported.

Outdoor gardeners are also growing indoors.

The outdoor sector has seen an average growth of 11 percent in the past four years, and sales of $1 billion a year have gone up in the same period.

The California Outdoor Growers Association, which represents growers in the state, has touted its industry growth as a major reason for its record sales in 2017, and for California’s record-high unemployment rate of 5.4 percent.