An essential part of successful flower farming is to understand and properly manage the soils within the growing area. It is always important to use resources wisely, not only to save money but also to look after the environment and … Continued
Part 1: Cultural control This is the first in a two-part series on the management of fungus gnats. This article will focus on their biology and the cultural practices which can be used to reduce their populations. Such strategies create … Continued
Introduction of novel wildflowers into cut flower production offers considerable marketing advantage. Blue smokebush is one such wildflower, which flowers from winter to spring. The aim of this project was to bring blue smokebush into cultivation. This has involved the … Continued
Producing cut flowers can be as rewarding as it is challenging. This fact sheet from 2004 presents career options in the growing sector of the cut flower industry.
Market research, optimal plant propagation, and development of special postharvest handling techniques to increase vase life, have resulted in successful test marketing in Japan of Acacias as an export cut flower crop. Although there are approximately 700 species of Acacia … Continued
The aim of this project was to develop a freely available public resource to address the current lack of career-based information for the floriculture industry and to encourage new entrants into the industry. This was achieved with the development of … Continued
The environmental benefits of mulch are well documented. However it is a practice that some commercial growers in the horticultural industries have been reluctant to adopt. The greatest barrier to adoption is the perceived cost coupled with the long time … Continued
The final report summarises the Cost & Profit Calculator for Cut Flower Growers project for Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and others, including future funding recipients.Unique activities undertaken by this project are emphasised, particularly those activities concerning the objectives of the … Continued
With the increasing proliferation of ‘new’ rural industries on the Australian landscape comes an ever increasing demand for research. There is a limit to government’s ability to meet this need and alternatives to the traditional institutional responsibility in meeting this … Continued
The Cost and Profit Calculator is a decision support tool that will assist cut flower growers to accurately cost their products leading to better financial decision making during the marketing process.