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
Botrytis – Post Harvest Treatment in Cut Roses

Botrytis – Post Harvest Treatment in Cut Roses

The grey mould disease caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea is widespread all over the world. The disease is severe in indoor crops in the winter where the moderate temperature and the high humidity are optimal for the fungus development. … Continued
Harnessing the sun’s energy

Harnessing the sun’s energy

Why make the change? Those involved in the flower industry understand that flower production can have high electricity requirements due to a number of devices including irrigation equipment, greenhouse climate control and refrigeration. As electricity prices continue to rise, more … Continued
Water Recycling and Disinfestation

Water Recycling and Disinfestation

In a number of situations, leachate water in a greenhouse is generally not collected or recycled. Water and fertilizer solutions not used by plants drain from the growing media and fall to the floor of the greenhouse to be absorbed … Continued
Ultrasonic Sound Waves Kill Algae

Ultrasonic Sound Waves Kill Algae

During the drought, flower growers in south-east Queensland were required to reduce overall on-farm water usage to minimise the demand on our dwindling water supplies. The majority of flower growers are currently highly efficient users of water. This is demonstrated … Continued
Sampling Water for Quality Tests

Sampling Water for Quality Tests

Why test water Many natural waters contain impurities (chemical or biological) that make them directly harmful to crops and equipment. Testing a water sample is important before the water is used for irrigation purposes. Plants vary in their ability to … 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.
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
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