Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Scholtzia

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Scholtzia

The plant grows naturally in coastal areas to the north and south of Perth, WA. It is an upright shrub up to 2 m tall. It prefers coarse, well-drained sandy soils. Plants tolerate hot and dry summer conditions, but summer irrigation is required … Continued
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – riceflower

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – riceflower

Rice flower is used as a filler in mixed  bunches and dried arrangements and is popular on both the domestic and export markets. It is a spring-flowering, perennial, Australian native shrub which has been grown in plantations since the 1980s.
Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

Monitoring soil moisture fluctuations, weed control and productivity of the native cut flower NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) in under mulched and unmulched conditions has provided valuable information to support the adoption of mulching as a best management practice for sustainable in-ground flower … Continued
Case Study -Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

Case Study -Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

The first step in the assessment process was to determine the efficiency of the pump. This was  achieved by conducting a pump assessment where operating pressure, flow rates and electricity consumption were measured. During this assessment, recirculation cavitation noise was  apparent, and from the … Continued
Greenhouse Management – Energy audits

Greenhouse Management – Energy audits

Audits were conducted with the intention of determining what energy conserving measures a grower had in place and what the payback would be for new or improved measures. The USDA grant programs are designed to help growers reduce energy use and to reduce … Continued
Co-operatives in Australia A MANUAL

Co-operatives in Australia A MANUAL

This manual follows the life cycle of co-operatives. There are sections to help readers understand what co-operatives are, start new co-operatives, understand how a co-operative is planned and managed, and how to deal with changes, including ending membership and closing a co-operative.
Irrigation system evaluations can save you money

Irrigation system evaluations can save you money

The pumps used for irrigation systems on flower farms are powered either by electric or diesel motors and often run for long periods of time. The motor supplying power to the shaft of the pump must match the pump requirements … Continued
Botrytis – Post Harvest Treatment in Cut Roses

Botrytis – Post Harvest Treatment in Cut Roses

The grey mould disease caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea is widespread all over the world. The disease is severe in indoor crops in the winter where the moderate temperature and the high humidity are optimal for the fungus development. … Continued
Solving problems on farm

Solving problems on farm

Successful flower growing means dealing effectively with pests, diseases, the growing environment, fertiliser needs, watering, etc. You need to become skilled at scouting for problems regularly (at least once a week) and working out what caused them. Only then can … Continued