Care and Handling of Fresh Cut Flowers

Care and Handling of Fresh Cut Flowers

The following flower care and handling techniques have been thoroughly investigated and tested at retail level. These techniques have been shown to greatly enhance the  customer’s satisfaction of all fresh cut flowers, while decreasing waste and dumpage.
Handling of Cut Flowers for Air Transport

Handling of Cut Flowers for Air Transport

Because of the global production system and marketplace, and the high perishability of cut flowers, air transport has been the transport system of choice. The purpose of this chapter is to provide information on the factors that affect the postharvest life of cut … Continued
Postharvest Handling of Australian Flowers

Postharvest Handling of Australian Flowers

Quality specifications for 32 major flowers, with photographs and recommendations for harvesting and postharvest handling, have been produced in a parallel publication, linked to the manual. The manual also includes fact sheets for 16 important flowers and advice on many others. This is … Continued
Inhibiting the Postharvest Wounding Response in Wildflowers

Inhibiting the Postharvest Wounding Response in Wildflowers

This publication examines the effects of numerous wound-inhibiting chemicals and treatments on the vase lives of 13 genera/species of Australian cut flowers and foliage. It provides practical advice on improving the vase lives of several of these flowers, and recommends some easy … Continued
Postharvest performance of cut marigold, rose, and sunflower stems as influenced by homemade and commercial floral preservatives

Postharvest performance of cut marigold, rose, and sunflower stems as influenced by homemade and commercial floral preservatives

In summary, continuous vase application of citric-Kathon, soda, or citric-Greenshield resulted in the best postharvest performance of marigold and sunflower, and continuous treatment with citric-Al or pulsing with citric-Kathon resulted in the best postharvest performance of cut roses; all of the aforementioned … Continued
Flowers 2011- The Australian Flower Conference

Flowers 2011- The Australian Flower Conference

This report highlights the presentations made by the author at the Flowers 2011 Conference and the success of the trade booth set up to disseminate the wildflower quality specifications and postharvest manual (both outcomes of RIRDC PRJ-000331) and showcase high … Continued
Ornamental Flower Research

Ornamental Flower Research

This technical bulletin consists of a collation of information derived from several trials carried out in 1989-90 on the following ornamental flowers: Dendrobium Orchid, Gerbera and Heliconia
Australian wildflower product directory

Australian wildflower product directory

This chart covers the most commonly grown wildflower cut flower and foliage products for which a quality specification or product fact sheet is available. The Australian wildflower industry supplies many other products (both species and varieties of the products listed here, … Continued
New Strategies in Transportation for Floricultural Crops

New Strategies in Transportation for Floricultural Crops

The statistics clearly demonstrate a need to increase consumer satisfaction if cut flower sales are to increase on the U.S. flower market. We feel that the optimal strategy to ensure the adoption of effective temperature management during transportation is to place … Continued