Rosetting in lisianthus

Rosetting in lisianthus

Lisianthus grow in the desert but are not a true desert plant as they grow along the edge of creeks and water courses. Rosetting is a natural survival response by the lisianthus to avoid adverse weather conditions of low light … Continued
Pesticides and the cut flower industry – not a pretty picture

Pesticides and the cut flower industry – not a pretty picture

Cut flowers are a very ‘visual’ product. Consumers demand high quality, blemish free blooms and there is little tolerance for insect or disease damage. Therefore growers must focus on effective pest and disease management, including the use of pesticides. But … Continued
New compound catches more Thrips

New compound catches more Thrips

By Doctors Rob van Tol, Willem Jan de Kogel (Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands) and David Teulon (New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research, New Zealand). An odour to attract western flower thrips, as well as onion thrips, … Continued
Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 2

Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 2

Fungus gnats are common insect pests on cut flower farms and can affect a wide range of crops. In our September issue of the Australian Flower Industry, the general biology and cultural management of fungus gnats were discussed. In the … Continued
Growing daffodils…a family affair

Growing daffodils…a family affair

Following the disastrous years of the Great Depression, my father Dan and his brother Jock began to get back on their feet in 1945 with their bulb growing business, Blyth Bros. They got things started by growing flowers and vegetables, … Continued
Bountiful baby boomers

Bountiful baby boomers

Over 60’s, retirees, baby boomers. Call them whatever you like, there’s more of them (…you?) than ever before. And that’s official. With better nutrition, access to medical care, and less physically dangerous jobs, we’re all going to live a lot … Continued
Where are all our flowers going?

Where are all our flowers going?

In previous issues, we looked at the types and value of cut flower and foliage products that have been imported into Australia over recent years. The information came out of a project by the Flower Association of Queensland Inc. (FAQI), … Continued
7th Australian Native Flower Conference – Report

7th Australian Native Flower Conference – Report

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries sponsored the 7th Australian Native Flower Conference which was held in Brisbane during May 25th-28th at the Bardon Conference Centre, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane. The conference … Continued
DOOR in Australian wildflowers and native plants

DOOR in Australian wildflowers and native plants

With the increasing proliferation of ‘new’ rural industries on the Australian landscape comes an ever increasing demand for research. There is a limit to government’s ability to meet this need and alternatives to the traditional institutional responsibility in meeting this … Continued
Geraldton Wax Growing in Central Australia

Geraldton Wax Growing in Central Australia

Geraldton wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum) is a native plant of Western Australia. There are over 400 named hybrids and varieties, with approximately 20 varieties being grown commercially. The flowering stems are sought as “fillers” which are useful for providing backing for single stemmed flowers such as roses, carnations and kangaroo paw. … Continued