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
A brief overview of the Australian wildflower industry for your information.
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.
While production of cultivated wildflowers has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, sales of wildflowers on the domestic market have not kept pace with this increase. Market research, commissioned by AFPGA, and supported by RIRDC, was carried out in November 1999 … Continued
Correct postharvest treatment and handling is essential if flowers are to maintain quality during marketing and export. This project has produced a workbook that provides growers and exporters with practical information about postharvest treatment of fresh wildflowers. The book, Postharvest Handling of … Continued
There is currently much concern in the industry regarding flower shipment rejections by the USA due to insect contaminations, with particular reference to thryptomene and waxflower from Australia. A workshop was held to determine strategies to reduce United States Department of Agriculture … Continued
Leucadendron is a major wild flower crop in Australia. To increase the competitiveness of the local industry, a breeding program based on interspecific hybridisation was initiated in 1998. Since this time, thousands of hybrid plants have been produced involving 27 different parental … Continued
Incorporating Australian Wildflowers and Native Plants into the National Floristry Curriculum. RIRDC funded project examining the issue of Incorporating Australian Wildflowers and Native Plants into the National Floristry Curriculum. Publication No. 09/119 Project No. PRJ-002409
Tasmanian Waratah Fact Sheet FAMILY: Proteaceae BOTANICAL NAME: Telopea truncata COMMON NAME: tasmanian waratah CONSERVATION SIGNIFICANCE: Endemic
Geraldton wax has been cultivated as a garden ornamental for many decades, and more recently cultivated for large scale floriculture. Early commercial plantings concentrated on traditional plants with colours of purple, pink and white. The past decade has seen the … Continued