Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Those involved in the flower industry understand that flower production can have high electricity requirements due to a number of devices including irrigation equipment, greenhouse climate control and refrigeration. The table below provides an estimate of the power required for … Continued
Understanding light energy for plant growth in greenhouses

Understanding light energy for plant growth in greenhouses

Plant development is dependent on specific spectrums of light and usable light energy – Not all components of the light spectrum are useful for plant growth and development. Only 37% of the energy in sunlight is within the wavelength (colours) … Continued
Chrysanthemum White Rust

Chrysanthemum White Rust

Chrysanthemum white rust (CWR) can be a serious disease of chrysanthemum crops. Growers need to know its symptoms and methods of control so they can take action when they see early signs of the disease. What does it look like? … Continued
Biological control agents for western flower thrips

Biological control agents for western flower thrips

In December 2011, AFI magazine printed an update about research being conducted by Andrew Manners, Senior Entomologist with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on biological control agents for western flower thrips. This project is now complete and a … Continued
A study of the Italian flower market

A study of the Italian flower market

With the rapid development of Australian floricultural products over the last decade the importance of marketplace information has become more important to both new and experienced growers and exporters. This market report prepared by the Flower Export Council of Australia … Continued
Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

Tropical Blooms is a North Queensland business growing tropical cut flowers and foliage products for sale to wholesale markets, local florists and direct via the internet. An assessment of the farm’s Irrigation system and its efficiency was carried out via the … Continued
Delaying postharvest senescence of cut flowers using nitric oxide

Delaying postharvest senescence of cut flowers using nitric oxide

The cut flower industry is expanding world-wide and Australia is actively seeking to generate niche markets for its unique range of native flora. Because Australia is geographically isolated from the high volume markets of Europe and North America, growers are … Continued
AFI – Research Proves What the Flower Children Knew 40 Years Ago

AFI – Research Proves What the Flower Children Knew 40 Years Ago

Forty years after the poet Allen Ginsberg coined the term fl ower power (1965), research proves that flowers actually do spread the happiness and joy the hippies once believed. Several university studies conducted between 2000 and 2005 point to the psychological, emotional, … Continued
The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The most common hydroponic system used in the Queensland cut flower industry is drip feed media-based culture. This method uses more growing media than any other hydroponic system, so it is important to understand the properties of the media and … Continued
The use of Artificial Lighting in Cut Flower Production

The use of Artificial Lighting in Cut Flower Production

“It is important to note that incandescent bulbs are the least efficient – only converting 6.5% of the electric energy consumed to visible light, whereas high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps are able to convert 25% of the supplied electrical energy … Continued