There is currently much concern in the industry regarding flower shipment rejections by the USA due to insect contaminations, with particular reference to thryptomene and waxflower from Australia. A workshop was held to determine strategies to reduce United States Department of Agriculture … Continued
This chart covers the most commonly grown wildflower cut flower and foliage products for which a quality specification or product fact sheet is available. The Australian wildflower industry supplies many other products (both species and varieties of the products listed here, … Continued
Correct postharvest treatment and handling is essential if flowers are to maintain quality during marketing and export. This project has produced a workbook that provides growers and exporters with practical information about postharvest treatment of fresh wildflowers. The book, Postharvest Handling of … Continued
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
While production of cultivated wildflowers has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, sales of wildflowers on the domestic market have not kept pace with this increase. Market research, commissioned by AFPGA, and supported by RIRDC, was carried out in November 1999 … Continued
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
Australian exports of cut flowers were estimated to be worth $A30.1 million in 1995/96 with Australian wildflowers comprising over 90% of exports. However, insect infestations in the flowers and foliage have caused rejections of consignments of flowers by importing countries.
Leaf blackening is a major problem for the cut flower Protea industry. Leaves often show symptoms of blackening as soon as 3 days after harvest. Presence of the disorder significantly decreases the vase life of the flowers as well as … Continued
A brief overview of the Australian wildflower industry for your information.
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