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.
Serruria is a fast growing, erect shrub with soft, fern-like leaves. High yields per bush are achievable. However, plants are particularly susceptible to Phytophthora root rot and need to be grown in well drained soils.
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.
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.
The plant grows naturally in coastal areas to the north and south of Perth, WA. It is an upright shrub up to 2 m tall. It prefers coarse, well-drained sandy soils. Plants tolerate hot and dry summer conditions, but summer irrigation is required … Continued
‘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.
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
The project has characterised a number of blue smokebush selections exhibiting different flowering times, form and colour. Production protocols have been developed for the successful cultivation of blue smokebush. Testing on export markets has shown blue smokebush to be a sought-after cut … Continued