Effects of Water Quality on Plants, Soil & Equipment

Effects of Water Quality on Plants, Soil & Equipment

Using a salt tolerant plant does not solve every problem when it comes to using salt laden water for irrigation. It is important to be aware that salts in the water can build up in the soil through evaporative concentration … Continued
Temperature control and how it relates to flower quality

Temperature control and how it relates to flower quality

I can clearly remember Professor Mike Reid at the University of California, Davis giving one of his regular lectures about Flower Care – and he said “The three things to remember when handling flowers are temperature, temperature and temperature!!” Fresh … Continued
Canopy management project to improve wildflower yields

Canopy management project to improve wildflower yields

A project funded by RIRDC is developing detailed, practical canopy management guidelines for the main Wildflower crops grown in Australia. This project is due for completion in 2012 with the publication of a  comprehensive grower manual.The Project leader is Dr … Continued
Managing soil to save water and money

Managing soil to save water and money

An essential part of successful flower farming is to understand and properly manage the soils within the growing area. It is always important to use resources wisely, not only to save money but also to look after the environment and … Continued
Consumer survey into attitudes to cut flowers

Consumer survey into attitudes to cut flowers

A survey was conducted at the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) in Brisbane, 8-17 August 2013. Responses were collected from those visiting the show hall and willing to complete a survey. 710 surveys were completed. The show is a general entertainment … Continued
Cost and profit calculator for cut flower growers

Cost and profit calculator for cut flower growers

The final report summarises the Cost & Profit Calculator for Cut Flower Growers project for Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and others, including future funding recipients.Unique activities undertaken by this project are emphasised, particularly those activities concerning the objectives of the … Continued
Wind Loads – Toolbox for Greenhouse Construction and Safe Operation

Wind Loads – Toolbox for Greenhouse Construction and Safe Operation

Toolbox for Greenhouse Construction and Safe Operation – Fact Sheet 1 The toolbox provides a central information hub for growers. Growers can use this toolbox to find information based on a particular farm activity or issue including: 1. Getting the basics right … Continued
A Guide to the Nutritional Needs of Some Proteaceae

A Guide to the Nutritional Needs of Some Proteaceae

The general aim of the project is to develop fertiliser management strategies for the production of high quality Australian and South African native flowers, particularly the Proteaceae.
Growing Gerbera in Pots with Coconut Coir

Growing Gerbera in Pots with Coconut Coir

Coconut coir, or cocopeat, is one of the mostly commonly used organic substrates in gerbera cultivation. This article looks at some of the factors to consider when using coconut substrate for the cultivation of container gerbera crops. Preparing the substrate … Continued
Thermal and Shade Screens

Thermal and Shade Screens

A thermal screen is a moveable internal lining placed between a crop and the greenhouse cover. The usual strategy for the operation of a screen is for it to be expanded or spread out in position above a crop during … Continued