Fumigating Postharvested Wildflowers for Export

Fumigating Postharvested Wildflowers for Export

Australian exports of cut flowers were estimated to be worth $A30.1 million in 1995/96 with Australian wildflowers comprising over 90% of exports. However, insect infestations in the flowers and foliage have caused rejections of consignments of flowers by importing countries.
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Blushing Bride

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Blushing Bride

Serruria is a fast growing, erect shrub with soft, fern-like leaves. High yields per bush are achievable. However, plants are particularly susceptible to Phytophthora root rot and need to be grown in well drained soils.
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – riceflower

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – riceflower

Rice flower is used as a filler in mixed  bunches and dried arrangements and is popular on both the domestic and export markets. It is a spring-flowering, perennial, Australian native shrub which has been grown in plantations since the 1980s.
Improving profit for the flower grower

Improving profit for the flower grower

This project worked with growers in Western Australia and some other states to identify their costs and production structures. It reviewed knowledge on benchmarking in other industries and developed a self help manual template for future use. It carried out an extensive … Continued
Controlling leaf blackening in protea

Controlling leaf blackening in protea

Leaf blackening is a major problem for the cut flower Protea industry. Leaves often show symptoms of blackening as soon as 3 days after harvest. Presence of the disorder significantly decreases the vase life of the flowers as well as … Continued
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Scholtzia

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Scholtzia

The plant grows naturally in coastal areas to the north and south of Perth, WA. It is an upright shrub up to 2 m tall. It prefers coarse, well-drained sandy soils. Plants tolerate hot and dry summer conditions, but summer irrigation is required … Continued
DOOR in Australian Wildflowers & Native Plants

DOOR in Australian Wildflowers & Native Plants

Following the success of the Do-Our-Own-Research in the Australian nursery industry (Hunter, 1997), the project leader was invited to conduct a similar exercise in the Australian Wildflower and Protea Industry. In essence, the concept promulgates a radical shift in the conduct of … Continued