A desktop research study to collect, analyse and interpret existing data on the volumes of imported and domestic cut flower and foliage products. By examining the data and comparing the numbers, the aim was to develop a better understanding of … Continued
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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