Water Recycling and Disinfestation

Water Recycling and Disinfestation

In a number of situations, leachate water in a greenhouse is generally not collected or recycled. Water and fertilizer solutions not used by plants drain from the growing media and fall to the floor of the greenhouse to be absorbed … Continued
Non-nutritional stresses on flowering plants

Non-nutritional stresses on flowering plants

Non-nutritional stresses can cause nutrient-like symptoms in leaves, flowers or other tissues. However, the resemblance is often only superficial and basic differences in the patterns can be seen when the specimen is examined closely. Non-nutritional symptoms can arise from environmental … Continued
Learning from the best – Article #2 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

Learning from the best – Article #2 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

As noted in our initial article “Are you energy efficient”? (March 2012), managing energy use is the first step in the Journey of Energy Excellence for Greenhouses program. The type of crop, weather conditions, equipment purchased and equipment operation impacts … Continued
Myrtle rust fact sheet

Myrtle rust fact sheet

Myrtle rust was first detected in Queensland in December 2010. It is a serious fungal disease and part of the eucalyptus/guava rust complex. This group of pathogens affects plants belonging to the Myrtaceae family including Australian natives like bottle brush … Continued
HAL Project FL09000 Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

HAL Project FL09000 Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

The environmental benefits of mulch are well documented. However it is a practice that some commercial growers in the horticultural industries have been reluctant to adopt. The greatest barrier to adoption is the perceived cost coupled with the long time … Continued
Queensland cut flower industry development unit

Queensland cut flower industry development unit

In 2001, a HAL-funded project provided an Industry Development Officer (IDO) to work with the Flower Association of Queensland Inc. (FAQI) to build the capacity of the Queensland floriculture (cut flower and foliage) industry. The project was extended for a … Continued
Nutrient management in fertigation

Nutrient management in fertigation

What is fertigation? Fertigation is the use of an irrigation system to deliver fertilisers and can be an efficient and effective way to supply nutrients to a flower or foliage crop. A significant benefit of fertigation is that it can … Continued
Harnessing the sun’s energy

Harnessing the sun’s energy

Why make the change? 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. As electricity prices continue to rise, more … Continued