In the last issue, wildflower grower and WildFlowers Australia Vice-President Ben McInnes talked about the establishment and longevity of his family business, Brushtop Farm in New South Wales. In this next instalment, Ben discusses some of the issues and challenges facing the … Continued
This Three-Year RD&E Plan outlines the new, emerging and other core funded plant industries’ research, development and extension (RD&E) objectives from 1 January 2015 until 30 June 2018. These objectives have been shaped by the RIRDC Corporate Plan 2012–2017 which … Continued
Leucadendron is a major wild flower crop in Australia. To increase the competitiveness of the local industry, a breeding program based on interspecific hybridisation was initiated in 1998. Since this time, thousands of hybrid plants have been produced involving 27 different parental … Continued
Macropidia fuliginosa, commonly known as the black kangaroo paw, is in demand for its striking black and lime green flowers
The flannel flower is one of the most recognisable Australian native flowers, with attractive white flowers and grey-green foliage with a flannelly texture.
A PowerPoint highlighting issues and ideas for native flower growers.
In November 1999, the Australian Flora and Protea Growers Association, with support from RIRDC, commissioned research into the domestic market for wildflowers. That project (AFP-1A) aimed to find out consumers’ attitudes to wildflowers, and, based on that information, to identify … Continued
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
Growing conditions are important in determining flower and leaf quality. Quality is usually greatly improved by light shade, fertiliser and irrigation.
Leucospermum flowers are commonly called ‘pincushions’ on account of their rounded, symmetrical flower heads, which have masses of styles, or ‘pins’, sticking outwards.