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
Double pink waxflower propagation development

Double pink waxflower propagation development

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
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
New Heliconia and Ginger Varieties for the Ornamental Industry

New Heliconia and Ginger Varieties for the Ornamental Industry

New Heliconia and Ginger Varieties for the Ornamental Industry – Research Report A two-year ‘on-farm’ evaluation of nine open-pollinated (OP) Heliconia psittacorum seedling selections has been completed. The Northern Territory Government released all nine varieties to the public and members of the cut-flower growers … Continued
Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

A Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) project, Positioning the Queensland Cut Flower Industry to Strategically Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change, was completed which outlined the potential ramifications for Queensland‟s $151 million commercial cut flower and foliage industry. The resulting publication, The Queensland … 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
Economic evaluation of investment in the wildflowers R&D program by RIRDC

Economic evaluation of investment in the wildflowers R&D program by RIRDC

Economic evaluation of investment in the wildflowers R&D program by RIRDC The primary purpose of this report is to provide input to the RIRDC evaluation policy. Specific objectives were to ascertain if, and to what extent, benefits have accrued from … Continued
Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

The cut flower and foliage industry has completed a project designed to identify the chemical needs of the industry moving into the future. The project, Cut Flower and Foliage Industry Pesticide Gap Analysis (code FL10002) was co funded by Horticulture … Continued
A potential new cut flower for Australia: Haemodorum coccineum

A potential new cut flower for Australia: Haemodorum coccineum

Haemodorum coccineum (Haemodoraceae) is an attractive species from tropical Australia (Queensland and Northern Territory), producing orange to red flowers from November to March, a time when red flowers are highly desired on global markets for Christmas, Chinese New Year and … Continued