7th Australian Native Flower Conference – Report

7th Australian Native Flower Conference – Report

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries sponsored the 7th Australian Native Flower Conference which was held in Brisbane during May 25th-28th at the Bardon Conference Centre, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane. The conference … Continued
HAL Project FL09000 Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

HAL Project FL09000 Assessment of mulch to improve water use efficiency and productivity of in-ground native flower production

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
Boronia heterophylla: Selection and development of clones for commercial production

Boronia heterophylla: Selection and development of clones for commercial production

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 … Continued
Breeding of eucalypt bud and flower lines

Breeding of eucalypt bud and flower lines

This project is the first in Australia or overseas to address the breeding of eucalypts for the cut stem sector of ornamental horticulture. All currently existing cultivars were developed for amenity horticulture, and are not suitable for the new and … Continued
Broombrush baeckea: Prospects for cutflower commercialisation

Broombrush baeckea: Prospects for cutflower commercialisation

The wildflower industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia. Wildflowers are now cultivated in all states, and Australia’s annual wildflower production is around $46 million (farmgate). One of the key strategies for this industry to be successful, … Continued
Optimum irrigation scheduling techniques for key wildflower crops: do they exist? A literature review

Optimum irrigation scheduling techniques for key wildflower crops: do they exist? A literature review

With an increasing focus on water in recent times, more efficient use of water has become a key issue for many irrigated farms. Irrigation and irrigation scheduling has moved towards a high-tech solution of precise water application, with farm management … Continued
Commercial potential of NSW flora workshop proceedings

Commercial potential of NSW flora workshop proceedings

The main objectives of the workshop were to identify which components of the New South Wales flora have greatest potential for commercialisation and to highlight which aspects of these species should be researched. A subsidiary, but important objective was to … Continued
Cultivating Australian native plants: Achieving results with small research grants

Cultivating Australian native plants: Achieving results with small research grants

Ten years ago the Australian Special Rural Research Council was determining priorities for the funding of research and development for Australian native cut flower growing and exporting. Views were divided as to whether to develop a diverse selection of native … Continued