Solving problems on farm

Solving problems on farm

Successful flower growing means dealing effectively with pests, diseases, the growing environment, fertiliser needs, watering, etc. You need to become skilled at scouting for problems regularly (at least once a week) and working out what caused them. Only then can … Continued
Simple steps to an efficient irrigation system

Simple steps to an efficient irrigation system

The delivery of water to the plants is a key aspect of cut flower production. The amount, quality and application of irrigation should be suitable for each particular crop and situation. Getting the water right could make the difference between … Continued
A study of the German flower market 1998

A study of the German flower market 1998

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
Cut flower production of Golden Cascade

Cut flower production of Golden Cascade

Corynanthera flava is a unique species indigenous to Western Australia and is a highly sought flower, valued for its long whispery racemes of small golden yellow flowers which flower in time for Christmas. Corynanthera flava is predominantly bush picked with … Continued
New Heliconia and Ginger Varieties for the Ornamental Industry

New Heliconia and Ginger Varieties for the Ornamental Industry

New Heliconia and Ginger Varieties for the Ornamental Industry – Research Report A two-year ‘on-farm’ evaluation of nine open-pollinated (OP) Heliconia psittacorum seedling selections has been completed. The Northern Territory Government released all nine varieties to the public and members of the cut-flower growers … Continued
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