Cutflower Production of Blue Smokebush

Cutflower Production of Blue Smokebush

The project has characterised a number of blue smokebush selections exhibiting different flowering times, form and colour. Production protocols have been developed for the successful cultivation of blue smokebush. Testing on export markets has shown blue smokebush to be a sought-after cut … Continued
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Hooker’s Banksia

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Hooker’s Banksia

It has large upright, terminal, cylindrical flower heads, 7 to 12 cm long. Each brush-like head is composed of hundreds of tiny individual flowers or florets. Each flower is fully open when the wiry style is sticking out. The flower spikes are initially … Continued
Postharvest Handling of Australian Flowers

Postharvest Handling of Australian Flowers

Quality specifications for 32 major flowers, with photographs and recommendations for harvesting and postharvest handling, have been produced in a parallel publication, linked to the manual. The manual also includes fact sheets for 16 important flowers and advice on many others. This is … 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
Native Flower Study

Native Flower Study

The purpose of the study tour and market visit was to provide new business opportunities for Australian wildflower growers, including meeting industry professionals such as retailers, wholesalers, importers and growers from all over Japan and Asia. Meetings were also organised with … Continued
Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Pearlflower

Quality specifications for Australian wildflowers – Pearlflower

Pearlflowers are a relatively new type of waxflower. They have been given this name to  distinguish them from other waxflowers because they are feature flowers in their own right, in contrast to the longer-established cultivars, which are used as feature fillers. The shiny, large, red … Continued
Delaying postharvest senescence of cut flowers using nitric oxide

Delaying postharvest senescence of cut flowers using nitric oxide

The cut flower industry is expanding world-wide and Australia is actively seeking to generate niche markets for its unique range of native flora. Because Australia is geographically isolated from the high volume markets of Europe and North America, growers are … Continued