Research update: Biological control of western flower thrips

Research update: Biological control of western flower thrips

Western flower thrips (WFT) are probably the most important insect pests for the cut flower industry. They cause economic loss to chrysanthemum, gerbera, anthurium, dahlia, rose and other flower crops.It is widely recognised that the control of WFT is difficult … Continued
Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 1

Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 1

Part 1: Cultural control This is the first in a two-part series on the management of fungus gnats. This article will focus on their biology and the cultural practices which can be used to reduce their populations. Such strategies create … 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
Irrigation Management using Tensiometers

Irrigation Management using Tensiometers

What is a Tensiometer? A tensiometer is a soil moisture measurement tool that can assist growers with irrigation scheduling. It consists of a sealed tube filled with water, a porous ceramic tip and a vacuum gauge.
Checking an existing fertiliser program

Checking an existing fertiliser program

The 20% test — One way of simultaneously evaluating and fine-tuning a nutritional program is to compare the performance of plants receiving 20% or more and 20% less than the current fertiliser rate. The three treatments – current rate less … Continued
Are you energy efficient? Article #1 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

Are you energy efficient? Article #1 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

The key purpose of a greenhouse is to provide the ideal growing environment by controlling temperature, humidity, light, ventilation and CO2. In the ideal environment, quality and quantity of crops are maximised. While sunlight is free, the energy costs involved … Continued
Cut flower production of blue smokebush

Cut flower production of blue smokebush

Introduction of novel wildflowers into cut flower production offers considerable marketing advantage. Blue smokebush is one such wildflower, which flowers from winter to spring. The aim of this project was to bring blue smokebush into cultivation. This has involved the … Continued