The Wonders of the Ladybird

The Wonders of the Ladybird

Did you know that there are over 300 species of ladybird beetles from Australia and there are more than 5200 worldwide? These tiny creatures have brought significant changes to the horticultural industries as part of integrated pest management (IPM) systems … Continued
Watch for botrytis

Watch for botrytis

With the wet Winter and Spring that more than half of Australia received, and the warnings of a potentially wetter-than-normal summer, the threat of Botrytis becomes a real one to anyone growing. What is it? Botrytis refers to several species … Continued
Nutrient monitoring project success story

Nutrient monitoring project success story

The nutrient monitoring project for hydroponic growers, funded by South East Queensland catchments and the Flower Association of Queensland Inc., aimed to gather information to assist growers to fine tune growing practices. Hydroponic flower growers were invited to participate by … Continued
Selecting Rose Varieties – Market Trends

Selecting Rose Varieties – Market Trends

One of the most important decisions a grower needs to make is what varieties to grow, as the selections you make are an investment decision that need to be viable for the next four years. What you need to consider … Continued
Developing a sound business plan for export

Developing a sound business plan for export

An export strategy is an essential component of your business plan. Keep it simple, but make sure everyone in the company involved in achieving export results is aware of the plan and has a sense of engagement with it. Why … Continued
Wildflower post harvest permit approved

Wildflower post harvest permit approved

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) recently approved a minor use permit (PER9213) to allow the use of deltamethrin and iprodione as a post-harvest dip to disinfest wildflowers before shipping. This is a renewal of an existing permit … Continued
Aussie waxflower for the world

Aussie waxflower for the world

Geraldton wax (Chamelaucium species, cultivars and hybrids) remains the best example of a native Australian flower that has established a strong position in the world flower market. Today the main producers of waxflower around the world are Israel, California, Peru, … Continued
Separating land assets from an operating business

Separating land assets from an operating business

Traditionally, land assets and farming operations have been run together as one farming business. The benefits from separating the real estate (farm land) from the operating business relate to alternative options for farm scale expansion, succession and retirement. Asset separation … 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
Myrtle rust fact sheet

Myrtle rust fact sheet

Myrtle rust was first detected in Queensland in December 2010. It is a serious fungal disease and part of the eucalyptus/guava rust complex. This group of pathogens affects plants belonging to the Myrtaceae family including Australian natives like bottle brush … Continued