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 this is easier said than done!
So, how do growers choose what to spray? Do they base their choice on their experience, a crop management plan, technical advice based on a diagnostic report, what their neighbour uses or what the local rural supplier gives them?
And, is what they choose effective and legal? The true picture is quite messy and confusing. This article focuses on the ability of growers to choose a product that will fi x their problem and that is legal. 

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