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
Why is plant biosecurity important to Australia?

Why is plant biosecurity important to Australia?

Preventing the entry and spread of potentially damaging pests, diseases and weeds is critical to protect the future of the Australian cut flower and foliage industry. Australia is well known internationally for its strict approach to biosecurity. Our processes play … Continued
Light Brown Applemoth cause for concern

Light Brown Applemoth cause for concern

The Light BrownAppleMoth (Epiphyas postvittana, often abbreviated to LBAM) is a leafroller moth belonging to the lepidopteran family Tortricidae. The insect is regarded as an herbivorous generalist, and the larvae can consume horticultural crops inAustralia and New Zealand. Dr Kevin … Continued
Save water and get optimum growing results

Save water and get optimum growing results

“Although the cyclone did wreak havoc it also gave opportunities to remove underperformers and reassess and replant the varieties best suited to our area. We also didn’t have to wash the plastic covers that year as they were all replaced.” … Continued
The story behind creating a great red

The story behind creating a great red

Undoubtedly the one of the most successful native flower crops of recent times has been the Albery’s Red selection of New SouthWales Christmas Bush, Ceratopetalum gummiferum. This superior form of Christmas Bush has found many fans among florists, consumers, growers … Continued
Poppies provide rotational cash crop

Poppies provide rotational cash crop

Tasmania’s cool climate provides the perfect environment to grow poppies. But they are not grown for the cut flower industry. The Apple Isle is the major producer of the world’s legal poppy crop, supplying around 50 per cent of the … Continued
New ideas from cut flower trials

New ideas from cut flower trials

The spotlight was on new and experimental varieties across 14 species at the recent cut flower trials held at the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Redland Research Station at Cleveland in Queensland. The trials were hosted by family-owned wholesale … Continued
Chlorine effective in controlling microbes in flower solutions?

Chlorine effective in controlling microbes in flower solutions?

Chlorine from various sources such as calcium or sodium hypochlorite (bleach) has been used for decades as a germicide to control microbes (bacteria and fungi) in flower holding solutions. Probably the most prevalent use of chlorine is at grower level … Continued
Wildflower post harvest permit approved

Wildflower post harvest permit approved

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) recently approved a minor use permit (PER9213) to allow the use of deltamethrin and iprodione as a post-harvest dip to disinfest wildflowers before shipping. This is a renewal of an existing permit … Continued