Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Boronia

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Boronia

Boronia is a filler product grown for its dainty, small, 4-petalled flowers densely clustered along the stems. Boronia heterophylla is the main species grown commercially for cut flowers.
Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

The ability of commercially available thrips predators to reduce WFT was examined on gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses. Three foliage predators were found to have the greatest potential to manage WFT. Two predatory mites and a pirate bug reduced thrips numbers by about 30 … Continued
Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust is a disease limited to plants in the Myrtaceae family. It is a member of the guava rust complex caused by Puccinia psidii, a known significant pathogen of Myrtaceae plants outside Australia. In Australia, infestations are currently limited to … Continued
Improving profit for the flower grower

Improving profit for the flower grower

This project worked with growers in Western Australia and some other states to identify their costs and production structures. It reviewed knowledge on benchmarking in other industries and developed a self help manual template for future use. It carried out an extensive … Continued
Drip Irrigation Maintenance

Drip Irrigation Maintenance

Drip irrigation is known for its efficient use of water, and high uniformity. Routine maintenance is essential to prevent problems and to maintain system uniformity in order to get the longest possible life out of drip irrigation systems. Water quality … Continued
How do you decide what fertiliser your crop needs?

How do you decide what fertiliser your crop needs?

Soil tests Soil testing provides a guide to the general health of condition of a soil. Chemical and physical tests are available. A test will show where there are sufficient reserves of some major nutrients to carry the crop through … Continued
The carbon price

The carbon price

Australia now has a price on carbon emissions. While the agricultural producers are not required to pay a direct carbon price, flower growers will need to come to terms with the carbon price scheme and its impact on farming businesses. … Continued
Phytophthora diseases of cutflower crops – Part 1

Phytophthora diseases of cutflower crops – Part 1

In this first of a two-part report on Phytophthora root rots, Dr Aileen Reid (Development Officer Horticulture, Dept of Agriculture, WA) looks at the symptoms of the disease. Background Phytophthora root rot is the most common soil-borne disease causing plant … Continued
Wholesalers Increase productivity

Wholesalers Increase productivity

Wholesalers have increased their productivity according to the 2007 Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association’s (WF&FSA) Operating Ratio Report(2006 Data). Productivity is up 2.6 percent for the typical wholesaler with $193,458 in sales per employee. High profit wholesalers’ productivity increased … Continued