Australian plants form the largest proportion of cut flowers produced in Australia for export. The growth of this industry requires the continual introduction of new plant varieties that can extend the range and availability of flowers. Boronia heterophylla has been used in the production of cut flowers for many years and rates amongst the top twelve of Australian flower exports. Boronia heterophylla has a relatively short flowering period during September for the commonly cultivated form. The need to introduce new forms has been recognised for some time. Considerable efforts are being made by individuals and organisations to select and develop through plant breeding, new and different forms displaying desirable plant and floral characteristics. Most of the flowering stems harvested for export have until recently been harvested from natural stands either on crown land or private land. The need for conservation and protection of these very finite natural resources makes it urgent to introduce a broader range of forms into cultivation. The purpose of this project was to select and identify improved clones of Boronia heterophylla and subsequently make these available to the cut flower industry in Australia. This project was funded from RIRDC Core Funds which are provided by the Australian Government.
Published May 2004
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