The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The most common hydroponic system used in the Queensland cut flower industry is drip feed media-based culture. This method uses more growing media than any other hydroponic system, so it is important to understand the properties of the media and … Continued
Cool room efficiency saves energy and money

Cool room efficiency saves energy and money

The cool room is an essential asset in the handling and storage of cut flower and foliage products on the farm. Consistent temperature and humidity management is critical to maximise product quality, from the moment of harvest right through until … Continued
Artificial lighting: a change is coming

Artificial lighting: a change is coming

Phase-out of incandescent bulbs The Australian Government has announced that it will completely eliminate the use of incandescent bulbs over the next five years as part of new emissions laws to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint. If you currently use incandescent … Continued
Rose Care for Australian Conditions

Rose Care for Australian Conditions

Substrate Roses can be grown in all kinds of substrates. However it is important to take into account the water capacity, Aera-tion and stability of the structure of the substrate. The structure of organic substrates always changes during growth due … Continued
Interpretation of Water Analysis for Irrigation

Interpretation of Water Analysis for Irrigation

Electrical Conductivity (EC) Electrical conductivity (EC) is a measure of the ability of a substance to conduct electricity. Pure water strongly re-sists the passage of an electric current. However, when salts are dissolved in water they improve its conductivity, so … Continued
Conducting Irrigation System Evaluations

Conducting Irrigation System Evaluations

Any irrigation system, regardless of what type of system it is or how old it is, has the potential to slowly eat into your profits. One key reason is pumps that are not matched to the application system or to … Continued
Drip Irrigation Maintenance

Drip Irrigation Maintenance

Drip irrigation is known for its efficient use of water, and high uniformity. Routine maintenance is essential to prevent problems and to maintain system uniformity in order to get the longest possible life out of drip irrigation systems. Water quality … Continued
Effects of Water Quality on Plants, Soil & Equipment

Effects of Water Quality on Plants, Soil & Equipment

Using a salt tolerant plant does not solve every problem when it comes to using salt laden water for irrigation. It is important to be aware that salts in the water can build up in the soil through evaporative concentration … Continued
Growing Gerbera in Pots with Coconut Coir

Growing Gerbera in Pots with Coconut Coir

Coconut coir, or cocopeat, is one of the mostly commonly used organic substrates in gerbera cultivation. This article looks at some of the factors to consider when using coconut substrate for the cultivation of container gerbera crops. Preparing the substrate … Continued
Irrigation Management using Tensiometers

Irrigation Management using Tensiometers

What is a Tensiometer? A tensiometer is a soil moisture measurement tool that can assist growers with irrigation scheduling. It consists of a sealed tube filled with water, a porous ceramic tip and a vacuum gauge.