Black vine weevil

Black vine weevil

Black vine weevil is a serious pest affecting several industries, including fleshy-stemmed cut flowers and ornamentals. An introduced pest, it is prevalent in Victoria and Tasmania as well as New Zealand. The adult beetle is black/brown with faint yellow spots … Continued
Irrigation scheduling for top quality flowers

Irrigation scheduling for top quality flowers

The Southeast Queensland Irrigation Futures project (SEQ-IF) and the Rural Water Use Efficiency project (RWUE) have a primary aim to assist producers in assessing their water and energy usage and to guide them towards making changes that lead to real … Continued
Media Chemistry – Getting the right balance

Media Chemistry – Getting the right balance

Most of us are aware that the whole essence of plant nutrition is based around chemistry. A number of the important elements that our plants need are +ive ions – called ‘cations’. Specifically calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+), potassium (K+) and … Continued
High and low tech water solutions

High and low tech water solutions

Water resources are diminishing in many areas of the world and therefore water is becoming a growing concern. Researched globally, greenhouses now offer new economical water possibilities for crop production. The expanding flower business in new areas comes with great … Continued
Poppies provide rotational cash crop

Poppies provide rotational cash crop

Tasmania’s cool climate provides the perfect environment to grow poppies. But they are not grown for the cut flower industry. The Apple Isle is the major producer of the world’s legal poppy crop, supplying around 50 per cent of the … Continued
The cut flower cold chain crisis

The cut flower cold chain crisis

In the United States, flowers are shipped through various marketing channels at temperatures that are often too high. Damage to plant products can result, causing reduced vase life, disappointed customers and decreased profits.Australian floriculture can also benefit from attention to … Continued
Where are all the flowers from?

Where are all the flowers from?

In the last issue of the magazine, we reported on the development of a project by the Flower Association of Queensland Inc. (FAQI) to consider the published data on cut flower and foliage imports and to investigate the issues associated … Continued
Some kind of wonderful

Some kind of wonderful

It’s a rare opportunity to gain an insight into a self-made man who has served the floriculture industry for the greater part of his life. When you meet the 92-year-old dynamo that is Frank Baguley and he takes you on … Continued
Flower Industry Careers Guide

Flower Industry Careers Guide

The aim of this project was to develop a freely available public resource to address the current lack of career-based information for the floriculture industry and to encourage new entrants into the industry. This was achieved with the development of … Continued
Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Village Roses

Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Village Roses

Case study from irrigation assessment and improvements at Village Roses, North Queensland. Key messages: • Irrigation pump energy efficiency was improved by 22% • Irrigation energy use per megalitre was decreased by 28% • Irrigation costs were reduced by 27%, or $222/annum … Continued