Directors Behaving Badly

Directors Behaving Badly

Association governance is not an exact science. In reality, personalities, Board culture and habits play a major role in how an association or charity achieves its objectives. This article provides examples of typical problems that arise from difficult Board Directors/Committee … Continued
Where have all our industry groups gone?

Where have all our industry groups gone?

Australian Flower Industry article lamenting the loss of industry leadership at the regional level and highlighting the importance of industry groups.  Urging the industry to rediscover the power of local and regional industry groups. AFI magazine Issue 63 – April 2018 Author Shane … Continued
Postharvest Handling of Australian Flowers

Postharvest Handling of Australian Flowers

Quality specifications for 32 major flowers, with photographs and recommendations for harvesting and postharvest handling, have been produced in a parallel publication, linked to the manual. The manual also includes fact sheets for 16 important flowers and advice on many others. This is … Continued
Co-operatives in Australia A MANUAL

Co-operatives in Australia A MANUAL

This manual follows the life cycle of co-operatives. There are sections to help readers understand what co-operatives are, start new co-operatives, understand how a co-operative is planned and managed, and how to deal with changes, including ending membership and closing a co-operative.
Health and Safety for Greenhouses and Nurseries

Health and Safety for Greenhouses and Nurseries

Health and safety is good business. A commitment to health and safety is one of the best ways for a nursery or greenhouse business to protect its greatest resource — its people.
DOOR in Australian Wildflowers & Native Plants

DOOR in Australian Wildflowers & Native Plants

Following the success of the Do-Our-Own-Research in the Australian nursery industry (Hunter, 1997), the project leader was invited to conduct a similar exercise in the Australian Wildflower and Protea Industry. In essence, the concept promulgates a radical shift in the conduct of … Continued
Care and Handling of Fresh Cut Flowers

Care and Handling of Fresh Cut Flowers

The following flower care and handling techniques have been thoroughly investigated and tested at retail level. These techniques have been shown to greatly enhance the  customer’s satisfaction of all fresh cut flowers, while decreasing waste and dumpage.
Pretreatment Solutions for Improving the Vase Life of Cut Roses

Pretreatment Solutions for Improving the Vase Life of Cut Roses

The vase life and postharvest quality of cut flowers are determined by multiple factors such as genetic factors, growth conditions, harvest time, packaging, transport, postharvest handling, and storage. In the postharvest storage stage, pretreatment with preservative solutions have various impacts on the vase life … Continued
Nutritional Monitoring Series – Dahlias

Nutritional Monitoring Series – Dahlias

Providing dahlias with low to moderate fertility ranging 100 to 200 ppm N and maintaining a substrate pH of 5.8 to 6.2 will prevent most nutritional disorders.
Handling of Cut Flowers for Export

Handling of Cut Flowers for Export

Concise, practical guidelines for shippers handling cut flowers by air are needed to ensure an industry-wide standard of excellence. Industry analysts stress the importance of quality and reliability in the increasingly competitive global market for cut flowers.