Are you energy efficient? Article #1 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

Are you energy efficient? Article #1 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

The key purpose of a greenhouse is to provide the ideal growing environment by controlling temperature, humidity, light, ventilation and CO2. In the ideal environment, quality and quantity of crops are maximised. While sunlight is free, the energy costs involved … Continued
Rose Breeder Profile – Interplant – the spray rose specialist

Rose Breeder Profile – Interplant – the spray rose specialist

For more than thirty years Interplant has been ranked amongst the most exciting rose breeders in the world. Best known in Australia for their extensive range of spray rose varieties, the expertise from this form of breeding gained over the … Continued
Brian Parry – Wildflower Grower

Brian Parry – Wildflower Grower

Grower Brian Parry comes from a pioneer wildflower family. Brian’s uncle, Henry Parry, established Floralands Nursery, possibly the first wildflower farm in Australia, in 1908 at Kariong on the Central Coast of NSW. Brian’s parents, Percy and Olive Parry, took … Continued
Principles of pruning

Principles of pruning

Many Australian natives plants and Proteaceae grow into large, straggly, extremely woody plants if left untended. This growth habit is suit- able in some landscaping situations where the plant is used as a screen. But in a commercial plantation, where … Continued
Recycling leads to real water savings

Recycling leads to real water savings

In addition to irrigation scheduling, processes such as capturing water run-off, disinfestation, recycling and nutrient management are other key strategies that have been investigated as part of the Southeast Queensland Irrigation Futures (SEQ-IF) and Rural Water Use Efficiency (RWUE) projects.Readers … Continued
Cool rooms – do you need one?

Cool rooms – do you need one?

Do you really know the running temperature of your cool room? It is interesting to ask a florist what temperature their cool room or refrigerated display cabinet operates at. Many are unsure, yet if the temperature is too cold the … Continued
Issues for a growing business

Issues for a growing business

In the last issue, wildflower grower and WildFlowers Australia Vice-President Ben McInnes talked about the establishment and longevity of his family business, Brushtop Farm in New South Wales. In this next instalment, Ben discusses some of the issues and challenges … Continued
Freesia growing in Tasmania

Freesia growing in Tasmania

To successfully grow freesia on a year-round basis, you need to make sure you have all the fundamentals right. Blokker Freesia was established in 1997. Our block has a sandy/loam soil with excellent drainage and is located in an ideal … Continued