Artificial lighting

Artificial lighting

Like many other environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, moisture and nutrients, light determines the rate of plant growth as well as the way in which the plant develops. Artificial lighting can be successfully used to supplement natural light. Greenhouses … Continued
Save water and get optimum growing results

Save water and get optimum growing results

“Although the cyclone did wreak havoc it also gave opportunities to remove underperformers and reassess and replant the varieties best suited to our area. We also didn’t have to wash the plastic covers that year as they were all replaced.” … Continued
Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

Monitoring soil moisture fluctuations, weed control and productivity of the native cut flower NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) in under mulched and unmulched conditions has provided valuable information to support the adoption of mulching as a best management practice for sustainable in-ground flower … Continued
Sustainable Cut Flower Production

Sustainable Cut Flower Production

This publication focuses on sustainable production of cut flowers. It is not meant as a primer for inexperienced growers, but rather as a complementary piece of information that concentrates on sustainable production techniques. Some of the topics covered include integrated pest management, … Continued
Temperature control and how it relates to flower quality

Temperature control and how it relates to flower quality

I can clearly remember Professor Mike Reid at the University of California, Davis giving one of his regular lectures about Flower Care – and he said “The three things to remember when handling flowers are temperature, temperature and temperature!!” Fresh … Continued
Growers in Queensland adopt water smart principles

Growers in Queensland adopt water smart principles

The Queensland Government funded two four year Water Use Efficiency Programs, RWUE4 and SEQIF2 with the aim to improve on-farm water and energy efficiencies. FAQI’s program assisted irrigators to reduce overall water consumption or improve water use efficiency through improvements … Continued
Quantifying differences between treated and untreated coir substrate

Quantifying differences between treated and untreated coir substrate

The use of coir as a growing medium has increased throughout the nursery and cut flower industries. This is largely because of its affordability, its sustainability and its favourable physical characteristics. However, there has been discussion around the effects of … Continued