The changing profile of the Dutch cut flower sector

The changing profile of the Dutch cut flower sector

At a time when modernisation of greenhouses is needed to cope with the challenges of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and combating foreign competition, investment by Dutch cut flower producers is at a low level. The number of growers in the … Continued
Farming with a pioneering spirit

Farming with a pioneering spirit

Kane and Gail Matthews started Pioneer Orchids in 2001 as a small cymbidium orchid growing enterprise. The business is now four times the size and is highly regarded for its range of orchid varieties developed in New Zealand and sourced … Continued
A chat with Lana Lichman of Art of Bloom

A chat with Lana Lichman of Art of Bloom

Tell us about your business and your team. The concept for Art of Bloom was founded in 1998 and was established as a wedding and corporate floristry specialist business in 2005. From 2008 for the next six years, we operated … Continued
Greenhouse Toolbox – Fire Prevention and Safety

Greenhouse Toolbox – Fire Prevention and Safety

Understanding the nature of fire is crucial to applying appropriate farm and risk management  techniques to protect your greenhouse or grow structure. Each growing activity should be  considered in these structures. Fire is dependent on the presence of three elements; heat, oxygen … Continued
AFI Case Study -Water Use Efficiency

AFI Case Study -Water Use Efficiency

After discussing the results of the first assessment with Stuart, it was decided that flow rates could be increased by combining irrigation stations. During the following 12 months, Stuart trialled combinations of stations, and found that three stations could be run together, … Continued
Handling of Cut Flowers for Air Transport

Handling of Cut Flowers for Air Transport

Because of the global production system and marketplace, and the high perishability of cut flowers, air transport has been the transport system of choice. The purpose of this chapter is to provide information on the factors that affect the postharvest life of cut … Continued
Waxflowers for Floriculture Collection & Selection

Waxflowers for Floriculture Collection & Selection

To discover the natural populations of Geraldton wax, to document these and to collect, propagate and evaluate samples in cultivation and then release to industry commercially useful clones.
Flannel Flower – Development of a production system

Flannel Flower – Development of a production system

This project was conducted to compliment industry development by testing selections in a wide range of environments and cultivation systems, many of which are outside the ‘traditional’ area for growing flannel flowers, the eastern seaboard of Australia.