Wholesalers Increase productivity

Wholesalers Increase productivity

Wholesalers have increased their productivity according to the 2007 Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association’s (WF&FSA) Operating Ratio Report(2006 Data). Productivity is up 2.6 percent for the typical wholesaler with $193,458 in sales per employee. High profit wholesalers’ productivity increased … Continued
The risks of DIY with greenhouses

The risks of DIY with greenhouses

Greg Porter discusses the importance of having greenhouses built and maintained by qualified personnel. It’s worth thinking about the following statement from a major tomato grower in Bundaberg: “I am not going to lose everything I own because someone I … Continued
Let good bugs & mites do the dirty work

Let good bugs & mites do the dirty work

(How to start a biological control program in your greenhouse production) Recently I was travelling with a representative of one of Biobest’s distributors in the north east of the US. In a conversation with one of his customers, the grower … Continued
The influence of pH and EC

The influence of pH and EC

As a consultant for rose and gerbera growers for 15 years, I was asked to conduct a symposium in February at Toowoomba. It became apparent that the easiest (and cheapest) way to improve the production in Australia was by controlling … Continued
Principles of pruning

Principles of pruning

Many Australian natives plants and Proteaceae grow into large, straggly, extremely woody plants if left untended. This growth habit is suit- able in some landscaping situations where the plant is used as a screen. But in a commercial plantation, where … Continued
Anthuriums

Anthuriums

Anthuriums are members of the Arum lily family (Araceae). A common feature of the Araceae is the typical, cup-shaped inflorescence: the arum. It consists of the spathe and the spadix, on which the flowers are situated. The Anthurium is an … Continued
New ginger cut flowers

New ginger cut flowers

New Product Development Research Officer Crops, Forestry & Horticulture Division DPIFM NT – Tropical gingers are known for their showy and unusual colours and forms. There are a number of ornamental gingers that are cultivated for their flowers, and one … Continued
Why businesses fail

Why businesses fail

There have been many attempts to define what makes businesses successful, and unfortunately no one has found the secret formula to guarantee success. Certainly there are some common traits among high performing businesses such as passion, vision, unique marketing position. … Continued
Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 2

Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 2

Fungus gnats are common insect pests on cut flower farms and can affect a wide range of crops. In our September issue of the Australian Flower Industry, the general biology and cultural management of fungus gnats were discussed. In the … Continued
Want to use less power to pump your water?

Want to use less power to pump your water?

Feeling the increasing cost of electricity for pumping water to your crops? How does the running cost of your pump rate? FAQI has been recording a key measure for flower growers throughout Queensland. The measure is kilowatt hours per megalitre … Continued