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
Complete Cut and Care Guide for 100 Spectacular Seasonal Blooms

Complete Cut and Care Guide for 100 Spectacular Seasonal Blooms

Figuring out the proper time to harvest flowers and what to do with them post-harvest to ensure maximum vase life can seem pretty confusing at first. It really is a science unto itself. If you cut too soon, some blooms will wilt or … Continued
The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The most common hydroponic system used in the Queensland cut flower industry is drip feed media-based culture. This method uses more growing media than any other hydroponic system, so it is important to understand the properties of the media and … Continued
The use of Artificial Lighting in Cut Flower Production

The use of Artificial Lighting in Cut Flower Production

“It is important to note that incandescent bulbs are the least efficient – only converting 6.5% of the electric energy consumed to visible light, whereas high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps are able to convert 25% of the supplied electrical energy … Continued
Controlling fungus gnats

Controlling fungus gnats

Fungus gnats (Bradysia sp. Sciaridae) are a common problem in greenhouse crops, as they like high levels of organic matter and moisture. Adult fungus gnats are small (5 mm) black flies with long legs and antennae, with a single pair … Continued
Biological control agents for western flower thrips

Biological control agents for western flower thrips

In December 2011, AFI magazine printed an update about research being conducted by Andrew Manners, Senior Entomologist with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on biological control agents for western flower thrips. This project is now complete and a … Continued
Selecting rose varieties – vase life

Selecting rose varieties – vase life

Recently I presented “New Developments in Rose Production” at Flowers 2006 the Australian Flower Conference that was held in August in the Gold Coast, and one of the questions that I was asked at the end of my presentation related … Continued
Growing Roses – Rootstock

Growing Roses – Rootstock

After selecting which varieties you intend to plant, one of the next decisions you need to make is: “Do I purchase plants on their own roots or would I be better off with a plant grafted or budded onto a … Continued