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
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
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
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
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
Growers in Queensland adopt water smart principles

Growers in Queensland adopt water smart principles

The Queensland Government funded two four year Water Use Efficiency Programs, RWUE4 and SEQIF2 with the aim to improve on-farm water and energy efficiencies. FAQI’s program assisted irrigators to reduce overall water consumption or improve water use efficiency through improvements … Continued
Recycling leads to real water savings

Recycling leads to real water savings

In addition to irrigation scheduling, processes such as capturing water run-off, disinfestation, recycling and nutrient management are other key strategies that have been investigated as part of the Southeast Queensland Irrigation Futures (SEQ-IF) and Rural Water Use Efficiency (RWUE) projects.Readers … Continued
Somatic fusion project aims to develop novel waxflowers

Somatic fusion project aims to develop novel waxflowers

This research project is applying the technology of somatic fusion to develop novel commercially desirable varieties of waxflower (Chamelaucium species), one of the world’s most successful cut flower and ornamental crops. Targeting selected species and hybrids in the Chamelaucium group, … Continued
Grafting native flower crops has potential to solve problems

Grafting native flower crops has potential to solve problems

A grafting project undertaken over 5 years and funded by RIRDC and NSW DPI has confirmed a role for grafted native flower crops in the commercial cut flower industry. Grafted plants can overcome several problems. They may be less susceptible … Continued