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
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
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
Ten years ago the Australian Special Rural Research Council was determining priorities for the funding of research and development for Australian native cut flower growing and exporting. Views were divided as to whether to develop a diverse selection of native … Continued
Tasmanian Waratah Fact Sheet FAMILY: Proteaceae BOTANICAL NAME: Telopea truncata COMMON NAME: tasmanian waratah CONSERVATION SIGNIFICANCE: Endemic
Discusses cut flower and foliage imports into Australia.
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.
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
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
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