Flowers picked too early fail to open; flowers picked too late lose vase life. Do not market flowering stems on which the lowest (oldest) flower has a papery, withered or shrunken appearance.
There are encouraging signs that industries like the flower industry may in future have easier access to the pesticides they need. Just over a year ago, the Australian Government set up the Minor Use Liaison Office (MULO) to assist specialty … Continued
The cut flower and foliage industry has completed a project designed to identify the chemical needs of the industry moving into the future. The project, Cut Flower and Foliage Industry Pesticide Gap Analysis (code FL10002) was co funded by Horticulture … Continued
Cut flower growers frequently suffer from a lack of legal access to crop protection products (pesticides). The problem is that whilst their crops are valuable, they are often too small individually for agrichemical companies to bear the high cost of registering products for … Continued
Serruria is a fast growing, erect shrub with soft, fern-like leaves. High yields per bush are achievable. However, plants are particularly susceptible to Phytophthora root rot and need to be grown in well drained soils.
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
Leucadendron is a major wild flower crop in Australia. To increase the competitiveness of the local industry, a breeding program based on interspecific hybridisation was initiated in 1998. Since this time, thousands of hybrid plants have been produced involving 27 different parental … Continued
Exports of cut flowers from Australia were estimated to be worth $A30.1 million in 1995/96 with wildflowers comprising over 90% of the total. In 1998/99 the value of exports from Victoria was $A7.6 million a 25% increase from 1997/98. Insect infestations in … Continued
Grevillea flowers have a relatively short vase life. They not usually exported from Australia, although they could be, as other countries have a significant grevillea export industry. For example, Israel exports large volumes of ‘Spiderman’, which has a good vase life.
For a management program, whether it is traditional or an IPM approach using Biological Control Agents (BCAs), scouting and monitoring is the key to success. Especially for an IPM approach in gerbera, it is important to have a good program … Continued