Solar Power – Why make the change?

Solar Power – Why make the change?

Those involved in the flower industry understand that flower production can have high electricity requirements due to a number of devices including irrigation equipment, greenhouse climate control and refrigeration. Table 1 provides an estimate of required power for an example … Continued
Flower power from natural pyrethrum

Flower power from natural pyrethrum

It seems some sort of poetic justice to use the extract from pyrethrum flowers to control insect and mite pests wanting to damage your flower crop. Natural pyrethrum has been used for centuries as an insecticide simply because it works. … Continued
New ginger cut flowers

New ginger cut flowers

New Product Development Research Officer Crops, Forestry & Horticulture Division DPIFM NT – Tropical gingers are known for their showy and unusual colours and forms. There are a number of ornamental gingers that are cultivated for their flowers, and one … Continued
Grafting native flower crops has potential to solve problems

Grafting native flower crops has potential to solve problems

A grafting project undertaken over 5 years and funded by RIRDC and NSW DPI has confirmed a role for grafted native flower crops in the commercial cut flower industry. Grafted plants can overcome several problems. They may be less susceptible … Continued
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
Zinnias Latin: Zinnia elegans

Zinnias Latin: Zinnia elegans

Everything old is new again. Nowhere is this truer than in fashion, especially the fashion of flowers. The length of the cycle of popularity may vary, but garden favorites always come back. Take the common Zinnia, named the plant of … Continued
Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

A Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) project, Positioning the Queensland Cut Flower Industry to Strategically Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change, was completed which outlined the potential ramifications for Queensland‟s $151 million commercial cut flower and foliage industry. The resulting publication, The Queensland … Continued
Gypsophila Growing in Central Australia

Gypsophila Growing in Central Australia

Gypsophila paniculata (baby’s breath or perennial gypsophila) is a member of the Caryophyllaceae family. The flower is commonly used in wedding bouquets and as a filler behind roses. Several varieties trialled in Tennant Creek, Ti Tree and Alice Springs performed well but Bristol … Continued