After selecting which varieties you intend to plant, one of the next decisions you need to make is: “Do I purchase plants on their own roots or would I be better off with a plant grafted or budded onto a … Continued
Case Study Highlights: Irrigation Pump Energy Use Reduction 40% Estimated Payback Period 7.9 months
As a consultant for rose and gerbera growers for 15 years, I was asked to conduct a symposium in February at Toowoomba. It became apparent that the easiest (and cheapest) way to improve the production in Australia was by controlling … Continued
For the cut flower industry, the results indicate that T. montdorensis and N. cucumeris are N. cucumerithe most effective commercially available predators that provide control of western flower thrips (WFT) in Australia. Orius armatus shows promise for the cut flower industry; however, further research … Continued
Saving water and energy has never been more important for flower growers. Faced with rising costs and limited natural resources, efficient water management is essential for every production business, as well as for the environment and the community. Lodi Pameijer … Continued
Saving water and energy has never been more important for flower growers. Faced with rising costs and limited natural resources, efficient water management is essential for every production business, as well as for the environment and the community.
Development of novel plant varieties to increase demand and maintain market share is a major driver of global cutflower and potted plant markets. Only a narrow flower colour spectrum is available for some ornamental species, thereby limiting their market potential. … Continued
The ability of commercially available thrips predators to reduce WFT was examined on gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses. Three foliage predators were found to have the greatest potential to manage WFT. Two predatory mites and a pirate bug reduced thrips numbers by about 30 … Continued
“Although the cyclone did wreak havoc it also gave opportunities to remove underperformers and reassess and replant the varieties best suited to our area. We also didn’t have to wash the plastic covers that year as they were all replaced.” … Continued
It seems that the higher irrigation frequency improved the biomass production but did not affect the quality of harvested flowers and consequently increased the greenhouse water use efficiency.