Plant City is a city in Hillsborough County, Florida, in the United States, approximately midway betweenBrandon and Lakeland along Interstate 4. The population was 34,721 at the 2010 census.
Plant City's original name was Ichepucksassa (also known as Idasukshed) after the Indian village that once occupied the territory. Its name caused so much confusion that the city was renamed Cork, after the postmaster's Irish hometown. It was finally given the name Plant City in commemoration of Henry B. Plant and his railroad, which significantly boosted the commerce in this primarily agricultural community by incorporating it with the South Florida Railroad.Originally, Plant City was a large cotton center, but after changing its primary crop to strawberries it gained recognition as the winter strawberry capital of the world.The columnist John Keasler, who wrote 7,000 columns over 30 years for The Miami News, hailed from Plant City.Plant City was also the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds who played at Plant City Stadium from 1988 to 1997.The cult classic film, Rock Bottom Creek (2012) was filmed mostly in Plant City.