Myrtle rust was first detected in Queensland in December 2010. It is a serious fungal disease and part of the eucalyptus/guava rust complex. This group of pathogens affects plants belonging to the Myrtaceae family including Australian natives like bottle brush (Callistemon spp.), … Continued
Australian wildflowers in China appear to be novel items which attract much attention among the people who see them and may be recognised by others as an opportunity to add a new element in their floral work. In Japan, Australian … Continued
Banksia baxteri is a major Banksia species grown for the cut-flower market. Its squat, domed, greenish yellow flower heads are held on the ends of strong woody stems. Each brush-like flower head is composed of hundreds of tiny individual flowers or … Continued
In the last issue, wildflower grower and WildFlowers Australia Vice-President Ben McInnes talked about the establishment and longevity of his family business, Brushtop Farm in New South Wales. In this next instalment, Ben discusses some of the issues and challenges facing the … Continued
The Australian native plant, Sturt’s Desert Pea ( Swainsona formosa) has found favour in overseas markets, particularly in Japan, because of its suitability for use in floral arrangements such as ikebana. Professor Acram Taji of the University of New England at Armidale … Continued
Macropidia fuliginosa, commonly known as the black kangaroo paw, is in demand for its striking black and lime green flowers
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.
Protected and threatened plants in the cut-flower industry: sustainable management plan 2018–22 continues the system to facilitate and regulate sustainably harvesting and producing material for the cut-flower industry in NSW. The tools and strategies in this plan support the long-term … Continued
Growing conditions are important in determining flower and leaf quality. Quality is usually greatly improved by light shade, fertiliser and irrigation.
‘High Gold’ is a vigorous, early-flowering cultivar with large, bright yellow flower heads up to 8.5 cm in diameter. The flowers appear to glow against the dark green, heart-shaped leaves.