Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

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. This fact sheet provides an estimate of the power required for … Continued
AFI – Research Proves What the Flower Children Knew 40 Years Ago

AFI – Research Proves What the Flower Children Knew 40 Years Ago

Forty years after the poet Allen Ginsberg coined the term fl ower power (1965), research proves that flowers actually do spread the happiness and joy the hippies once believed. Several university studies conducted between 2000 and 2005 point to the psychological, emotional, … Continued
Disease Management

Disease Management

Being familiar with the normal growth of a crop is a “must” in knowing when there might be a disease or an environmental factor affecting the crop.
Identification of Conogethes spp. pheromones for pest control purposes in Alpinia

Identification of Conogethes spp. pheromones for pest control purposes in Alpinia

Two species of caterpillars Conogethes pluto Butler and Conogethes punctiferalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) have become major pests of Alpinia and other ornamental gingers in the Northern Territory (NT) and Queensland, Australia. These pests damage the flowers and bore into and kill … Continued
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Leucadendron Pisa

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Leucadendron Pisa

Pisa’ is a very versatile Leucadendron developed in NZ. Willowy stems bear many short side branches, each densely covered with whorls of silvery green, slightly twisted leaves and terminating in a flower head featuring yellow to lime-yellow bracts (botanically these are involucre leaves rather … Continued
How downtown flower markets are changing with the times.

How downtown flower markets are changing with the times.

Wherever they are, the downtown markets face a rising challenge from the growth of online selling, faster and better delivery service, and—not least—rising property values in urban areas. What follows is a look at just a sampling of the downtown flower markets, … Continued
Plastics and the flower industry

Plastics and the flower industry

The Flower Association initiated a project in partnership with Griffith University to look into the use of plastics in the flower industry. The aim was to investigate environmentally-friendly floral sundries and packaging substitutes and make initial price comparisons to determine their … Continued